The Gerasene Demoniac and Jesus

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If we will just cooperate with Him, Jesus will throw out our demons and do great things for us. Right?

Wrong. What kind of a wimpy god would that be?

Jesus is quite capable of healing us on His own. For that is what a real God does. A real God creates out of nothing. He casts out demons.He makes new. He destroys evil. All without having to rely on the help of the ones who need the healing.

Listen in to this sermon on Jesus’ encounter with the Gerasene demoniac delivered by Brian Seaman. Brian is a Lutheran layman and president of our church council at Lutheran Church of the Master, Corona del Mar, CA.

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 Listen > Jesus sends us home

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Thank you, Brian Seaman.

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And thanks to flickr and aslpicsmd, for the photo.

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2 Responses

  1. Steve

    I don’t want to be negative but I think that both Brian and the passage have more in them than this worthy but rather woolly talk.

    There are too many fascinating but unexplored elements of the text which is of course there to inspire us, specifically

    WHY DID JESUS GRANT THE REQUEST OF THE DEMONS TO GO INTO THE PIGS WHEN THEY SO CLEARLY DESERVED AND FEARED GOING INTO THE ABYSS ?? After all, He does not grant all our requests?

    One possible answer – for Jesus to send them into the abyss at that time would be a Theology of Glory, which glorifies Jesus’ power and which is what Brian emphasises.

    But where then would be the Theology of the Cross that Paul promised to teach and to teach nothing but – the theology whereby Jesus empties Himself and dies for us, which is at the heart of the gospel?

    When Jesus allowed the demons to go into the pigs, He knew He would meet each and every one of them again – on the cross, when they, together with their master and all the satanic hordes would throw everything at Him. He knew, and intended, to see them again

    This story tells us primarily, as ever, about Jesus and His work for us, not about the demoniac and how we, like the demoniac, are changed from one thing to another.

    What say you?

    Richard

    >________________________________ > From: The Old Adam Lives! >To: rflooke@yahoo.co.uk >Sent: Thursday, 27 June 2013, 16:33 >Subject: [New post] The Gerasene Demoniac and Jesus > > > > WordPress.com >theoldadam posted: ” _ If we will just cooperate with Him, Jesus will throw out our demons and do great things for us. Right? Wrong. What kind of a wimpy god would that be? Jesus is quite capable of healing us on His own. For that is what a real God does. They cr” >

  2. Just got home from work after a very long day. same thing tomorrow.

    I’ll take a shot at the questions you posed tomorrow evening.

    Thanks, friend.

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