Leviticus 9:7-10:20; Mark 4: 26-5:20; Psalm 37:30-40; Proverbs 10:6-7
The townspeople of Gerasa were pretty used to the crazy guy that hung out in the caves. Because of his brute strength and uncontrollable ways they pretty much left him to himself. Hearing his cries and seeing his bloodied hands and limbs, though disturbing, fell into predictable patterns.
An encounter with Jesus changed all that. After Jesus commanded the evil spirits possessing the man to take leave into a herd of pigs, the townspeople were upset with the new normal. “And people came to see what had happened. And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.” Mk 5:14-15
They saw two thousand dead pigs and one sane man–NOT NORMAL!
“And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region.” Mk. 5:17
An encounter with the almighty power of God created a new normal–one that many feared and did not understand.
To hear that someone has been healed by God’s Hands…
To meet someone delivered from addiction by God’s Mercy…
To witness a complete turnaround in behavior because of a new relationship with Jesus Christ…
may seem strange and abnormal to some.
But, we who believe can rejoice and give praise to God who delivers a new normal!
“And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.” Mk. 5:20
Lord God, thank you for the new normal in our lives–that “in Christ we are new creations!” May we be like the freed demoniac–telling others how much Jesus has done for us–we’ve been freed from sin, death and Satan’s power! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
“The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because he takes refuge in him.” Psalm 37:39-40