Some people believe in demons… some don’t
I’m not going there one way or another… but ‘demons’ figure big-time in the accounts of Jesus life and ministry. Whether we see ‘demons’ as evils spirits ‘hell-bent’ (literally) on wrecking people’s lives… or as ‘our demons’ (that evil which is within us capable of wrecking us and the world around us), the end result is the same: suffering, sickness, destruction, and tragedy.
In Luke 8:26-28, we read one such story in which Jesus meets a man who is suffering with [his] ‘demons’:
they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. As Jesus stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
What kind of question is that??!!? This guy is alone, naked, and living out in the graveyard being ‘wrecked’ day in and day out by his ‘demons’… and he says to Jesus, “what have you to do with me, Jesus”?!! Of course, Jesus casts out the demons and heals the man so that the man is a living example of God’s power and triumph over evil.
It’s always so nice and neat in the stories. But, what about our lives? All of us, too, have our ‘demons’ of one sort or another. We live with them everyday (addictions, negative thoughts, broken relationships, emotional hurts, anger, despair, illness, disability, etc, etc, etc,). We get so wrapped up in them that when God’s healing words and presence are presented to us… we are likely to jump back and say: “what have you to do with me, Jesus?”
Is it that we don’t really believe we can be healed?
Is it that we have come to feel comfortable in our sicknesses?
Have we given up on the hope that we can be well?
I invite everyone to change this phase up a little and use it as a prayer today. Find a quiet place and ask:
What WILL you do with me, Jesus.