Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Satan, Society, or Savior?
“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
There are three forces at work in the life of the demon-possessed man in Mark 5. First there is Satan. Just like a roaring lion, Satan had already come into that man, intending to destroy him (see 1 Peter 5:8).
Next, there was society. What had society done for him? They had chained him up, but he broke the chains. What else could they do?
Society couldn’t solve the problem, because the problem was in the man’s heart. No one could help this man. His situation was hopeless.
But then the Savior came into his life. What did Jesus do for him? He came to the spooky little graveyard where the man lived. Jesus saw his hurting, tortured soul and offered hope.
What society could not do, Jesus did with one simple command: “He said to him, ‘Come out of the man, unclean spirit!’ ” (Mark 5:8). The demons came out of the man, and went into a herd of pigs. Jesus transformed the man’s life. He was free indeed.
As Jesus said, “ ‘Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed’ ” (John 8:36).
Isn’t it interesting that with all of our wonderful achievements today, society still cannot deal with problems caused by Satan and sin? We cannot overcome Satan in our own power. We don’t know what to do.
Society doesn’t have the answers. We, too, need a Savior to help us.
Jesus Christ can transform your life and make you free, too. We know it is true, because He has already done it for many of us. Come to Him, let Him make you free. Let Him be your Savior.
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