This morning I happened to listen to an audio bible reading from the book of Luke. It was the account of a demon-possessed man encountering Jesus. What struck me was an awesome visible demonstration of authority, and the indirect revelation of grace. Here is the account.
Luke 8:28-33 NLT
As soon as he saw Jesus, he shrieked and fell down in front of him. Then he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Please, I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had already commanded the evil spirit to come out of him. This spirit had often taken control of the man. Even when he was placed under guard and put in chains and shackles, he simply broke them and rushed out into the wilderness, completely under the demon’s power.
Jesus demanded, “What is your name?”
“Legion,” he replied, for he was filled with many demons. The demons kept begging Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit.
There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside nearby, and the demons begged him to let them enter into the pigs.
So Jesus gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned.
The Lord Jesus exhibited His authority over the demons controlling the poor man. His command was so great that the demons begged not to send them to hell. This is only one of the many accounts that Christ demonstrated clear sovereignty over these fallen angels. He also showed His redemptive power to those enslaved. There wasn’t even close a battle, it was a decided game. The rebellious creatures were no match against the King of kings and the Lord of lords. What even struck me was these evil creatures were so very afraid in His presence. Fear was eating them. They knew about the wrath of God. They knew who He is.
It made me reflect more on the kindness of the Lord. I realised that my heart is rebellious just like that of the demons. I was an enemy of the living God. Yet, despite of this, God in His mercy reached out to me, and became my redemption. His unmerited grace through Christ progressively sets me apart for His purpose, lovingly corrects and transforms my heart. These thoughts still blow my mind away. Instead of judgment, His death on the cross. Instead of death, the power of His resurrection. Instead of abandonment, His unfailing love.
This is amazing grace! What a good piggy reminder!
To the one reading this, I pray that there would be a revelation of Christ in you, that you may be constantly transformed by his life, works, death and resurrection. God bless you.
Lord Jesus, I thank you for your amazing grace. Thank you for the sweet reminder of your unfailing love, for taking the punishment, the wrath of God for my sins, and removing its shame as well. I’m forever grateful. I pray that you reveal yourself to me daily and open my eyes and ears to see and hear you as I meditate on your word with the help of the Holy Spirit. Thank you. In Jesus name. Amen