Rev. Clayton Elder
September 18, 2022
Jesus’ Ministry – Healing a Demon Possessed Man
“You look like an angel, you walk like an angel, talk like an angel, but I got wise…you’re the devil in disguise.” Elvis may not have immediately recognized the devil in this 1963 hit song – but the devil was not in disguise for Jesus. In today’s gospel, a demon-possessed man was laid bare, bound from right thinking, and driven into isolation – until Jesus clothed, restored and commissioned him.
Although you probably haven’t been possessed by a demon like the man in the story, have you found yourself tormented by the evil in our world? Mentally bound, spiritually cast out, or far away from God? What does this story teach us about being seized by our own demons, what it means to be saved by Jesus, and what it means to be sent as disciples of Jesus Christ?