When Jesus freed this man of thousands of demons, he told him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you.” The Lord calls us to minister to those in our existing network of connections and relationships. God has called and gifted every disciple of Christ to use their time, treasure, and talent to share the Good News with those within their life circles, their unique family, friends, and associates. If every believer were to pray, communicate, and share the Good News with those in their own circle, we could touch millions more people with the Gospel.
The demons in this story are terrified of Jesus. There is a legion of them. They were enough to send two thousand pigs off a cliff. For all of the devastation these demons wrought on this man, they could barely stand to be in Jesus’s presence. They begged him to be able to leave. Friends, Jesus of Nazareth has complete authority. Do not be afraid.
Jesus, Lord and Christ, we marvel at your power and thank you for your protection.
There was no coaxing on the Day of Pentecost. Instead, those with whom the Spirit was at work came to Peter and to the rest and cried, “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). The use of tricks and traps indicates that a man is substituting his methods for the divine program.
~ Roy J. Fish and J. E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism for Today. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1976. p. 66.
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