When Jesus arrived on the other side of the lake in the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed came from among the tombs to meet him. They were so violent that nobody could travel on that road. They cried out, “What are you going to do with us, Son of God? Have you come to torture us before the time of judgment?” Far off in the distance a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons pleaded with him, “If you throw us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” Then he said to the demons, “Go away,” and they came out and went into the pigs. The whole herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and drowned. Those who tended the pigs ran into the city and told everything that had happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the whole city came out and met Jesus. When they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region (Matthew 8:28-34, Common English Bible).
We all have our demons. We have those things in our lives that we wish we could send out to the pigs and make them fly off the cliff. We wish the problems would just go away and never bother us again.
We have memories of past sins. We have memories of the mistakes we have made. We have memories of the ways we have hurt people we care about. How wonderful would life be if we could just make it go away.
We can’t. And because we can’t, all too often we feel haunted by our demons. We think that because of these things, things we can’t forget, that God can’t love us and that God remembers them as clearly as we do.
We might not forget, and God could remember but as a child I was taught that God chooses not to remember. That childhood lesson said something like, when we confess our sins, God takes them and puts them at the bottom of the deepest part of the sea and then puts up a sign that says, “No Fishing!”
Scripture tells us, when we confess our sins God is faithful and will cleanse us of all unrighteousness. When we are cleansed, for God it is like the sin no longer exists.
What great news that is. The story that is our lesson today is a clear reminder of just that. Jesus took the demons away, put them into the pigs and then sent the pigs out to learn to fly. When pigs try to fly, the result is disastrous for the pigs, but when they carry our demons, we are blessed beyond measure.
What demons do you need to send to the pigs when they try to fly?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,
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