Reading: Luke 8: 26-39
Jesus is willing to go anyplace and into any situation to save someone. The man possessed by demons lives among the dead. The caves provided shelter for the outcast man but also make him unclean. He lives amongst swine – animals that are unclean. And to top it all off, he is possessed by demons. Yet Jesus strides right past all that would keep others away and casts out the many demons to make the man whole again. Jesus heals him so he can leave behind all that makes him unclean and so that he can return to life in the community.
Many of us today live with what we could consider demons. Both within our heads and from culture and society we hear voices that seek to lure us in and to draw us away from God. Bright shiny objects and the draw of power and position call our name. There are many things that draw us towards sin and temptation as well. One could consider this ‘legion’ of things that seek to pull us away from God and realize we are each in a pitched spiritual battle to stay in a right relationship with God.
At times we will succumb to temptation and to the things of the world. We too will become ‘unclean’ as we are covered in our sin. But even in this state, Jesus still calls our name. He still seeks to draw us to Him so He can cleanse us of all that entraps us. Like the unclean demon-possessed man, sometimes we also ask, “Jesus, what do you want with me”? We wonder how He could love a sinner like us. We wonder why He would seek to come near us in our broken state. But Jesus loves us all, no matter who we are or what we’ve done. Allow His grace to cover your sins. Allow His love to wash over you. Allow His love to make you whole again.