The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.
A farmer went to the hardware store to buy a saw so he could clear some trees. However, just a week later he was back at the store to return the saw.
“This saw doesn’t work,” he complained. “I’ve been working all week, and I’ve only been able to cut down two trees. It’s wearing me out.”
The clerk took the saw, pulled on the handle and cranked up the chainsaw. It immediately roared to life.
Surprised, the farmer said, “Wait, you mean it turns on?”
Sometimes, we all miss the point. In today’s scripture, Jesus encounters two demon-possessed men, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, drives the demons out of the men and into a herd of pigs. The pigs promptly run toward a cliff, jump over it and drown in the sea.
The people from the nearby town, who had been terrorized by the possessed men, came out to see what happened. For the first time, they saw these men clean, dressed and sane. And what was their response to this? They asked Jesus to get out of town. Instead of rejoicing with the healing of these men, they were angry that Jesus had hurt business. Instead of focusing on healing, they focused on the ham.
We live in a very cynical, hammed-up world that desperately needs the healing offered by our Lord. We’re the only people who can give that to them. It’s usually pretty easy to get caught up in the negative details of the world. Just turn on the TV and you’ll be overrun by bad news and celebrity drama. We can miss the spiritual point and be overwhelmed by the mess. Or we can make a choice to show them the difference that Christ has made in our lives.
Today, pray that the Lord will help you to look past the world’s ham, and to offer to others His healing.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.