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God has Visited his People

Luke 8:22-39

While Jesus is sleeping in a boat, a great storm comes that threatens to sink the boat. Jesus’ disciples wake him up, his human nature being that exhausted, and tell him they are about to perish. He calmly rebukes the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. The disciples ask, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?” In the Old Testament God alone could command the winds and the waves. Clearly then Jesus is God who has come to visit his people in order to save them.

Arriving on the opposite side of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus arrives in a place that is characterized by uncleanness, death and all that opposes God. Firstly, it is Gentile country inhabited by people who do not acknowledge God. Secondly, grazing there is a multitude of unclean pigs. Thirdly, is a man who lives among unclean tombs while living in nakedness and shame. Finally, the man is tormented by a legion of unclean spirits. Jesus once again speaks a powerful word and the man is saved by the God who has visited his people. The evidence the man is saved is that he is now clothed, in his right mind and sitting at the feet of Jesus as a disciple learning God’s word.

Jesus is God who has visited his people to save them. We do well to receive the right mind that he imparts to us as he heals us from shame, an incapacitated mind and replaces death existence with life.