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From Frantic to Freedom (3 of 4)
The Healing of the Gerasene Demoniac
This story would even make Stephen King shudder…
As a gospel writer, Mark is the shortest of the four. His gospel is fast paced and action packed. He quickly moves through the life of Jesus letting the narrative speak for itself. This is one of many stories in the life of Christ, yet Mark takes a full 20 verses to let it be told. He does not quickly move through this story but tells it in detail. Mark wants his readers to see exactly what Jesus did and what the outcome was.
Context: Jesus had just calmed the wind and the waves in their water journey across the lake. They were frightened and amazed and said, ''who is this, even the wind and the waves obey him.'' Little did they know that the excitement was just beginning…
Read the story. Pray.
Introductory Illustration: Frantically searching for car keys or frantically trying to put out a Kitchen fire.
Have you ever felt frantic? Have you ever felt like life is out of control? Have you ever felt like there are so many things going on inside your heart you think you might explode? You feel completely overwhelmed and you do not know how to deal with it all.
This story shows us a man whose life was completely out of control and no one else could control or help him. But Jesus shows up, in a very unlikely, out of the way place, and heals this man. Jesus puts him back in his right mind. Jesus brings healing and restoration to a life of turmoil.
FCF: Our lives are out of control and only Jesus can put them back in order. There is a spiritual battle taking place for our hearts and we must fight the battle with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let's go back and take a look at this incredible story and see how it applies to our lives:
v.1-9 A Life out of Control
Admit that you have separated yourself from God and recognize the turmoil and destruction that is taking place in your hear ...
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