CHAINS – THE MAN FROM GADARA
And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones.
MK 5: 2-5
Chains were the story of his life. Chains of bondage and chains of love. This man from Gadara was tormented from his youth. He had become so overcome with violent behavior, he had been banished from civilization. Sin and the dark powers of this world had destroyed his life. Luke says that this man was guarded, probably in some sort of place for the criminally insane. Neither the guards or the chains could subdue him. Obviously this man’s soul was in chains, there was nothing anyone could do to help him. That is, not any normal person could help him. Jesus, in many ways, was anything but normal. When Jesus came to the shores of Gadara, this man confronted Jesus, thinking He would run away like so many others had done. But Jesus was different. He had no fear in Him.
“Come out of him”, the Gadarene heard Jesus say. Suddenly, the chains of anger and fear were broken, the young man from Gadara was finally free. The torment was over.
Then he heard that sweet, yet powerful, voice once again, “Go tell your friends what the Lord has done for you”.
He found Himself going all about Decapolis (ten cities) telling everyone about how the Lord had shown mercy upon him. He began to experience new chains upon his life. These were a different kind of chains, chains of freedom, chains of love. These were the chains of a bond servant of Jesus, enslaved now to the love of God.
What kind of chains are you wearing today? After all, we all have to serve somebody. Are you enslaved to fear, depression, anger or maybe alcohol or lust? Or have you tasted the freedom, and yes, the chains of love found in Christ. Today can be the beginning of your brand new life, go and tell your friends what Jesus has done for you.