When my daughter was six years old, we were going grocery shopping. I had noticed she was in thought about something as we drove to the grocery store. I stopped at a red light and didn’t think anymore about it. Suddenly, she looked over at me and said, “Momma, it is the love of God that draws men to repentance.” I was stunned! I had not taught her that scripture. I decided to figure out if this was something she had memorized in Sunday School or if the Lord had been speaking to her. “Yes, that is exactly right!” I replied, “But what does that mean exactly? Do you know?” She replied, “Yes ma’am, God just told me. He loves us so much, it makes us want to love Him right back and accept Jesus into our hearts!” “Where did you hear that scripture?” I asked her. “God just told me.”
I did more research, and that particular scripture didn’t come from my husband, her Sunday School teacher or a Veggie Tale video. God had literally spoken that to her heart! I have never cared for a hell and damnation type of preacher! I don’t see Jesus trying to scare people into serving Him, but I do see Him going about “doing good to all who were oppressed of the enemy.” Jesus always brought the opportunity of salvation through love. Jesus was not a “drama king.” If anyone could have been it certainly could have been Him. He had left Heaven to come to earth and He had seen hell and the torments of it before He did! Yet, He did not use this to persuade people to serve Him. He loved people into repentance, just as we should.
I think about the “demoniac of Gadara.” He was full of demons that tormented him so badly he lived in the cemetary among the graves. They tried to chain him, but the demons were so strong they would break the chains and torment him literally out of his mind!! One day, Jesus came to the town where he lived. Let us look at this account recorded by Mark.
Demons Driven Out by the Master
5 Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gerasenes.[a] 2 As soon as He got out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came out of the tombs and met Him. 3 He lived in the tombs. No one was able to restrain him anymore—even with chains— 4 because he often had been bound with shackles and chains, but had snapped off the chains and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 And always, night and day, he was crying out among the tombs and in the mountains and cutting himself with stones.
6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and knelt down before Him. 7 And he cried out with a loud voice, “What do You have to do with me,[b] Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg[c] You before God, don’t torment me!” 8 For He had told him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”
9 “What is your name?” He asked him.
“My name is Legion,”[d] he answered Him, “because we are many.” 10 And he kept begging Him not to send them out of the region.
11 Now a large herd of pigs was there, feeding on the hillside. 12 The demons[e] begged Him, “Send us to the pigs, so we may enter them.” 13 And He gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs, and the herd of about 2,000 rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned there. 14 The men who tended them[f] ran off and reported it in the town and the countryside, and people went to see what had happened. 15 They came to Jesus and saw the man who had been demon-possessed by the legion, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 The eyewitnesses described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and told about the pigs. 17 Then they began to beg Him to leave their region.
18 As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed kept begging Him to be with Him. 19 But He would not let him; instead, He told him, “Go back home to your own people, and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how He has had mercy on you.” 20 So he went out and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and they were all amazed.
I LOVE this account! Here is a man who, according to the world, is a hopeless case! But, when Jesus came on the scene, He not only cast the devils out, He loved him! This man had probably NEVER been loved. People probably never tried to do anything but restrain him. But, Jesus took time with him! He helped him and gave him what he needed most; Salvation!
I also love how this account ends. The man wants to be near that love! He doesn’t want to separate from Jesus, the source of that love! He begged Jesus to take him with Him. Instead, Jesus matured him and equipped him right then and there! He told him to go back into town and to tell what Jesus had done and in one translation it says to “preach” the good news! Lo and behold if Jesus didn’t make him the first pastor ever recorded in the Bible! See Jesus doesn’t just barely meet your need and help you out a little! He completes you so you can go forth in His power and might with His authority to heal, save, and deliver others and in the process make their lives worth living by that authority in His name!! THAT IS MY KING!! GLORY TO GOD!!!!!
Nothing is incomplete in Christ. Nothing is done halfway with Christ! What He has promised He will surely deliver to the full! Nobody is ever hopeless!! THAT IS MY KING!!!!! It is my prayer He is your King, too!
Thank you for stopping by, precious reader! Remember JESUS IS LORD! Have a blessed week! I will see you soon! Juliana