You may know the story of Jesus casting demons out of a violent demon-possessed man, which then entered into a herd of pigs that rushed headlong into the sea and perished. (Luke 8:26-39) I got a new perspective on this story on Sunday morning from our pastor.
Who do you think had the bigger problem—the demonized man or the townspeople? Consider for a minute:
–Who sat and listened to Jesus (after sanity returned)?
And who were afraid when they saw the man sitting there, clothed and sane (more so than when he was insane)?
–Who begged to go with Jesus?
And who begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone?
–Who went joyfully to spread the news about what Jesus had done?
And who were more concerned for their pigs more than the plight of a tormented soul or the presence of the Savior among them?
Where do you and I see ourselves in this picture?