Monday, September 14, 2009

"Sitting, clothed, and in his right mind"

Of all the stories of the NT, that of “the wild man of Gadara” is perhaps the greatest blessing to me. On a personal level, it reminds me where I was, and would be, without the Lord Jesus Christ; on levels metaphorical, ethical, and spiritual, what a portrait the story paints of the helpless, lost sinner dwelling in the cemetery of spiritual death, tormented by Satan, wild with unchained passions and unfettered licentiousness. All men are not as wicked as they could be, but all men without Christ are wicked, all dwelling in the catacombs of depravity, all with their own demonic tormentors, all rattling the broken chains and fetters of fallen conscience and moral unrestraint, and all running, crying, and cutting themselves with unconscious but, nonetheless, inevitably suicidal behavior.

But then came Jesus.

De-boarding the ship, Jesus beheld the Gadarene demoniac, the wild man who ran to Him and worshiped Him. By His omnipotent command, the Lord Jesus Christ tamed a hellish heart, so that the tortured sinner, dwelling in tombs, mutilating himself and destroying his life, a man no other man could bind, was now under the sovereign sway of the Son of God “sitting, clothed, and in his right mind.”

“Sitting” denotes a radical change of posture, from raucous aimlessness to to placid composure, from pandemonium to Peace.

“Clothed” denotes the civilization of the passions, unashamed nakedness supplanted by sanctified conscience manifested by ethical demeanor and decorum.

“In his right mind” infers mental metamorphosis, the intellect and will now being respectively enlightened and liberated unto Truth and Righteousness.

Thanks be to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whose power to save is such that even a wild man, bent on destroying himself, now sits at the Master’s feet, “sitting, clothed, and in his right mind.”
“Jesus, what a Friend for sinners! Jesus, Lover of my soul!
Friends may fail me, foes assail me, He, my Savior, makes me whole!”

1 comment:

Jimmy Downing said...

I often wonder about this man, who was mad among the tombs and then freed from his chains and devils by the Son of Man.

And then I think of those in coasts of Decapolis, when no doubt this man obeyed the command of our Lord and Savior; going home to tell his friends how great things the Lord hath done for him, and how He had compassion on him.

Was he now viewed by his friends to be a different kind of mad man? Once upon a time Saul was a man breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the people of the Lord, a murderer and a mad man; yet now Paul, (NOT SAUL), preaching Christ in the Acts is told by Festus, "thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad."

We, who are in Christ, were all once, what we are not now; and yet to the world, we may still be viewed as mad men.

Thank you for the post Brother Hal, for I, once upon a time, was a wild man, bent on destroying soul. I am so thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ saved me from myself.