“Jesus wept.” (John 11:35) is the shortest verse in the Holy Bible. Why did Jesus weep ? Jesus wept for Lazarus, a friend of Jesus. Lazarus was sick and died. I think Jesus also wept for Lazarus’ two sisters, Martha and Mary, because of their unbelief. Martha and Mary did not truly believe in Jesus, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
The Devil is on our land! Dear Lord, I think you weep for us now. Please heal us! Our hearts are broken. Oh, Lord, Please heal the people who are suffering from the loss of their dearest sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and families in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. The people need your love and help, LORD, to continue their life.
The Healing of a Demon-possessed Man (Luke 8:26-33)
They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. for a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places. Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and He gave them permission. When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus , they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So He got into the boat and left.
The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with Him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
From the above story, there are at least a few facts we can find out:
1. Jesus loved the Demon-possessed man and was willing to heal him.
2. Even the Demons recognize Jesus. They know Him, Son of the Most High God.
3. The Demons truly exist just as the Holy Bible reveals from the beginning to the end.
4. The Demons can possess people for some reasons.
5. People can easily reject the grace of Jesus because of their fear.
I know some gifted Christians are able to test the spirits to see whether they are from God or the Demons. (1 John 4: 1-3) Some people with mental problems are not necessarily the Demon-possessed people. However, some people have the symptoms of mental problems but are actually Demon-possessed. The demons can possess people only when the people open the doors for them. For example, anything engages in violence, murders, drugs, witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Hate may also remain the hidden and important factor related to the issue.
In my mind, it truly comes up a couple of suggestions to our society:
1. For parents: Please use the unconditional love to love and accept your children because they are unique. Guide your children in God’s way. Look for the resources from the society to assist you and do not hide the problem when you are in need of help.
2. For people: Please respect each other, for everyone was created in God’s image. Do not despise people who are with special needs. With the right guidance, the people with special needs will perform very well just as you and me.
3. For church: Please do not limit God’s power. Get up and get revival! Take the responsibility to help people know Jesus as the Lord and experience His power of healing!
Before the Christmas Eve, I wish God’s peace will be with all of you and your families. May you have a Merry Christmas and refreshed New Year! By Miriam White
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.” ( Isaiah 58:9-12)