“When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.” Luke 8:27-29
Can You Relate?
Have you ever had a time in your life when no one likes you, wants you, or sees any value in you? Can you imagine what it must be like not to belong to anyone? To have no home, no friends, and no one who even cares about you? To be someone utterly alone and totally forgotten?
This demoniac has accumulated PhD’s in abandonment, humiliation and rejection. How worthless and hopeless does that feel? What might years of absorbing that kind of pain do to your psyche and your soul? He is not even a nobody – he’s less than. And yet the compassionate heart of the Father passionately beats for this demoniac with the same intensity as it does for His only begotten Son and for us (a Perfect God only has one intensity of love – Perfect).