2013-05-20 - What Would Legion Say?
But Jesus said, "No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been." (Mark 5:19 NLT)
I wanted a better life for myself. I lived alone in a tomb. I was so out of control, chains didn't even hold me down. Day and night I would scream and cut myself with stones. One day, I saw a man in the distance and ran up to him and bowed, screaming at Jesus not to torture me. It wasn't me, per se, talking but Legion, the group of demons, which had taken over my body and life.
I begged Jesus to send the demons into a herd of pigs feeding nearby. Jesus was so calm and full of control; He was a force to be reckoned with. Legion left me and found a home in the pigs, which rushed over a steep water bank and drowned. The eyewitnesses wanted Jesus to leave Gerasenes, while I wanted to show my deepest gratitude to Jesus.
I was a new person, in control of what I said and did. Now I wasn't going to have to live in seclusion. I begged Jesus if I could go with Him. I did not want to stay in Gerasenes; I did not want any connection to my former self.
I would have loved to hang out with Jesus, but the Lord instructed me to go home and share the good news about my miracle. I did as Jesus suggested, and everyone I told was amazed.
Lord, It is a great feeling, to possess qualities I like about myself. Help others to know their true value and worth. Let people look for and find their significance in You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.