The Most Unlikely Gospel Preacher

After calming stormy waters, Jesus and His disciples sailed to the Gadarenes on a calm sea. As Jesus got out of the boat, a naked, demon-possessed man cried out before Him and started screaming, “What do I have to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me!” This man had been living among the tombs and had been demon-possessed for a long time. Because this man had been seized by demons many times in the past, he had been bound with chains and shackles. But his strength was so great that he would break loose, and the demons would drive him into the wilderness, naked and crazed.

Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” and the man spoke and said, “Legion.” He said this because he was possessed by many demons. Those demons begged Jesus to not send them into the abyss, but to permit them to enter into a herd of swine which was nearby. He did so and the demons went out of the man into the swine. But the demon-possessed herd ran violently to a steep place where they fell into the lake and were drowned.

When the people of the community came out to see what was happening, they found the formerly demon-possessed man sitting at the feet of Jesus, fully clothed, and in his right mind. It would seem that this would greatly please the people, but instead they were afraid. In fact, they were so greatly afraid that they asked Jesus to leave and depart from them. (Luke 8:34-37.)

As He was getting into the boat to leave, the formerly demon-possessed man begged Jesus to let him go with Him, but Jesus gave him a command and said, “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” Evidently, that’s exactly what the man did, because when Jesus later returned to the region of the Gadarenes, a great multitude was waiting for Him and welcomed Him. The deliverance that took place in one man changed the hearts of the people toward Jesus in an entire region. (Luke 8:38-39.)

Remember this: as your deliverance takes place, of course it is for you personally, but it could also be used as a testimony to others so that you could turn the hearts of an entire region towards Jesus. As you receive deliverance, there can also be collateral deliverance. In other words, your freedom can help set other people free.

The formerly demon-possessed man was an extreme case. He ran through the tombstones at night terrorizing the entire region. They tried to restrict him with chains, but he broke every chain they put on him. Besides that, he was naked. He was probably the most unlikely candidate to become an influential gospel preacher in their entire community. So when he got delivered of the demons, and was clothed and in his right mind, his testimony spread like a shockwave throughout the land.

Remember that the multitudes following Jesus, the healing of the woman with the issue of blood, and the daughter of Jairus being raised from the dead were all a result of the testimony of one extremely delivered man. So don’t internalize your deliverance or keep it a secret. Make it a testimony.

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