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The Degradation of Sin
Clarence E. Macartney
Standing on the western shore near Tiberias, one looks
across the beautiful and placid Lake of Galilee to the
stern and barren coast of Gadara. In strange contrast
with the beauty of the lake, which is forever
associated with our Lord, no coast could be more
melancholy or forbidding. The mountain country to the
east of Galilee was certainly a fit stage for the
strange drama of the devil-possessed maniac and the
After a day's teaching at Capernaum Jesus was on his
way to the other side of the lake. He was seeking
quiet and rest after the labors and the excitement of
the day. In the stern of the boat he soon fell asleep
upon the pillow; and while he slept, one of those
sudden storms of wind to which the lake is subject
came rushing down from the direction of Hermon, and
the boat was tossed in the waves. Accustomed though
they were to the treacherous storms of Galilee, these
hardy fishermen despaired of their lives and, arousing
the sleeping Christ, asked him if he cared not that
they perished. Standing up in the boat, Jesus rebuked
the wind and the waves, and there was a great calm.
The disciples were amazed, and they feared, saying one
to another, "What manner of man is this, that even the
wind and the sea obey him?" But they were to see an
even greater miracle. They were to see Christ rebuke
and quell not only the storm that swept over Galilee,
but also one of those more violent storms and
convulsions which sweep the souls of men.
The Demons Cast Out
The country where Christ landed was uninhabited, save
for one wretched and terrible inhabitant. His home was
in a nearby village. There he had lived with his
family and his neighbors in peace and happiness. But
one day he began to show signs of insanity; his
actions were queer, his mind was clouded, his
suppositions were false. What i ...
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