The Maniac and the Messiah
I read a story that illustrates the transformation that Jesus can make in a life. After a day's fishing, a party of men gathered in a mountain hostel in Scotland, drinking coffee and discussing the day's catch.
In the congested room one of the fishermen collided with the waitress who was carrying the coffee. An ugly disfiguring stain marked the whitewashed wall where the coffee had splashed.
Landseer, the celebrated animal painter, was one of the members of the party present. Taking a crayon from his pocket, he began to sketch around the ugly mark until finally the stain was transformed into a highland stag with its antlers outstretched.
Because he was a gifted master artist he was able to take that dark disfigured blot and transformed it into a thing of beauty.
Well friend in Mark 5:1 we have a story where Jesus takes the ugly stains of sin from a man dwelling among the tombs and transforms him into a reflection of His beauty.
I. SIN LOWERED THIS MAN
"And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs..."
1. Spirit of Sin
He was a man with an unclean spirit. He was possessed by the spirit of sin. He had been taken captive to do his will.
This explains why we are unable to live a pure, upright life. There is a power that you cannot understand a power that will pull you down.
The man who greeted them was definitely among the most frightening, most debase most violently intimidating, most hopelessly pathetic wrecks of human falling we find in the Bible.
He was spiritually broken. He was separated from God and was on his way to hell. He was emotionally broken. You can see that in self-destructive cutting.
He was socially broken for he was driven away from people. He was materially broken. He had ...
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