You must be important if Jesus is willing to go through this storm and fight against demons. All these struggles without mentioning the cross. But that’s not all because it’s time that Jesus works through you.
Sometimes God will upset your actual order of priorities so you can understand his order of priorities.
On this message, we’re going to see partly the authority of Jesus because as Jesus taught us, authority is not something to explain but to illustrate.
If there’s someone that has to tell you that he is in charge is because he’s not in control.
You must be important
1 They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a Man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stories. 6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!” 9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area. 11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. 14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
— Mark 5.1-17 NIV
Imagine this situation of the possessed-man and a soft Jesus, it would not make sense. For this situation, its needed a savage Jesus who uses his authority.
You also need to know that the enemy won’t leave without a fight, so it wasn’t as easy as it seems in the text.
Before we continue we need to understand the context on which Jesus and his disciples are.
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “let us go over to the other side”.
— Mark 4.35 NIV
And here comes the story of the storm. The storm that has the purpose of stopping Jesus from getting to the other side (the other side was the region of Gerasenes).
The reason why we know that the storm wasn’t something natural but something created to stop Jesus is because Jesus rebuked the wind in the waves (Mark 4.39) and Jesus don’t rebuke natural elements because those are under his control, He only rebukes demons.
I want you to know that this as any storm in life, is a sign that grace is on the way. But also that when Jesus ask to leave Capernaum, He is asking to leave the comfort zone.
Now, let’s go back to the main story and let’s try to understand why demons asked Jesus to send them to the pigs. There are two things that the demons knew:
- The pigs don’t know how to swim so they’ll drown in water. (Which is also something that we all know)
- The people in the region cared more about the pigs than they did about the man.
Those two thousand pigs represent a significant part of the economy in that region that it’s known for raising pigs. This is the reason behind the demon’s request.
Never forget that the enemy will always try to attack whatever is most valuable for us.
When I first read this I thought that the demons where smarter than Jesus but obviously that might not be right because Jesus had a purpose.
Job lived something similar when the enemy tried anything to destroy the faith of Job, and he will try to do the same with you. The enemy is going after your relationship with God, so he will use any desire or distraction (even blessings) to push you away from the presence of God.
The enemy knows where you are most vulnerable. Can you guess where that is? Well, it’s wherever you place the greatest value.
If you’re still here is because you were shaken, the trial came, the foundations quake but your house stood firm because you were not on the sand but in the rock that is Jesus Christ.
When the next storm comes you should welcome it because there must be something great on the other side. It is worth it, fight for it.
18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.
— Mark 5.18 NIV
Consider what this man is doing because it takes a lot of faith to leave a situation you’re so familiar with. Although, Jesus did something that most of us didn’t expect. Jesus looks back to this man and said: “you can’t follow me”.
Let’s see this in the scripture:
19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
— Mark 5.19-20 NIV
What Jesus is saying is that “I need you to go home, to the same situation that I delivered you in. I’m not gonna take you out of it, I took it out of you. I changed your condition but I’m gonna leave you in the circumstance because I want these people to know.”
This man turned from a maniac to missionary.
After you survived the storm after you’ve lived through it, after you broke the chains off of your life, now God is ready to use you if you’re ready to be used by God.
There are some points I want you to take away from this message and are:
- You must be important since Jesus is willing to go through a storm for you.
- You must remain on the rock that is Jesus so you can overcome the storm in your life.
- After you overcome the storm (God blesses you), God wants to bless others through you so you must be ready to be used by God.
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