Wednesday, May 30, 2007

"Legion" Meets LORD I

In his right mind.
A peaceful man.

Before, he was roaming among the death tombs, animal-naked and bleeding from self-inflicted wounds, screaming insanely from horrible demonic torture. A pathetic man.

"Legion" meets Lord and everything changes.*

The hectic noise of 2000 stampeding pigs screaming as they drown in the sea dies down.

Startled disciples and townspeople marvel (in terror) at the transformation of a maniac into a man who longs "to be with Jesus."

"Go, tell your family about the great things the LORD has done for you."

He went and announced the great things JESUS did for him.


I notice one of the disciples looking out at the very calm Sea of Galilee; the raging, death-bringing sea that Jesus just commanded to stillness. That disciple now turns and sees the sane, clothed man sitting serenely at the feet of Jesus. Calm sea. Peaceful man. The disciple ponders.

Who is this who merely speaks and everything changes? Raging storms around us and turbulent storms within us cease at his word.

"Be still, my soul. The winds and waves still know his voice who ruled them when he dwelt below."

*Mark 5:1-20.



At 5/30/2007 8:42 PM, Blogger Adam Gonnerman said...

Right on target.

At 5/31/2007 2:30 AM, Blogger Greg said...

Thanks John for these thoughts. Jesus is LORD and we need to get that deep down into our guts so that it starts to radiate through us to others.

Interesting that the people react, after this marvelous feat, by requesting that Jesus get out of town.

At 5/31/2007 3:30 AM, Blogger John Frye said...


At 5/31/2007 3:32 AM, Blogger John Frye said...

I love the way Mark presents Jesus' assault on all that threatens human life. Jesus, so ordinary looking, scared the daylights out of people. Can you imagine being a disciple and seeing/experiencing all this?

At 5/31/2007 7:16 AM, Blogger grace said...

What strikes me is that in His presence, there is peace, shalom when wholeness is restored. I believe His mission is still the restoration of peace. This is who He is.

At 5/31/2007 7:40 AM, Blogger John Frye said...

I'm right with you on that. He is Shalom incarnate.

At 6/01/2007 12:31 PM, Anonymous J.R. said...

If he was sitting clothed and in his right mind, would that imply that Rodin's statue is of a crazed man. Is he truly, then, thinking cognitive thoughts worthy of our emulation?
My interpretation of art may be off...but it makes me wonder.

At 6/01/2007 12:57 PM, Blogger John Frye said...

You've raised some profound thoughts here as you attempt to correlate Rodin's THINKER with the demoniac of the Gerasenes. I'm afraid I have no answer for you :)

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