Monday, November 17, 2014

Battling a Legion Like A Headwind

Ever work hard all day until you're exhausted? Maybe you've been in charge of a particular ministry/event at your church and you've been pouring out everything you've got all weekend long. You're flat out drained. 

I've been there, too. 

So has Jesus. 

Yes, Jesus knew exhaustion. He was fully God but also fully human. All that walking caused his legs to ache, maybe he even suffered from a Charlie Horse. His dirty feet throbbed. And His human body needed rest.  

After touching multitudes (thousands), healing, speaking, hugging, drying tears He told His disciples they were going to the other side of the lake. I imagine him climbing into the boat, barely able to hold his dark eyes open as He stumbled down below and collapsed, head against the wall, it felt so good to sit...to rest. And in an instant, His mouth may have dropped open as He breathed in...out...in...out. Sweet rest. 

But then...

"A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in, and they were about to capsize. They woke Jesus: “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”" Luke 8:23-24 MSG

Jesus could have shooed them away with words like, "I'm too tired. We'll be fine. Let me have five more minutes."

But He didn't. Instead...

"Getting to his feet, he told the wind, “Silence!” and the waves, “Quiet down!” They did it. The lake became smooth as glass." Luke 8:24 MSG

Imagine a storm so great suddenly taking place. Why? Out of the blue? 

Because they were going to the other side. On the other side of the lake was a legion of demons inside a man. A legion of demons who wanted to keep control of the man, and the territory they'd claimed at theirs. 

Is it possible the headwinds, and storm came from the "other side" from the enemy? I believe it is. Jesus shut it down. Immediately. 

And on water as smooth as glass, they crossed over. 

Here's where it gets completely cool. Okay, rebuking a storm and it obeying is cool, too, but check this out.

"And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes,[b] nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.  When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness." Luke 8:27-29 NKJV

The word for torment in the Greek is bazanizo. It means, "to question by applying torture" "to be harassed, distressed" but it also means, "of those who at sea are struggling with a head wind." 

Here comes the Son of the Most High God. The demons immediately know and recognize Jesus, and they fear! They know their time is short and they aren't ready to go. But they've been inside this man for so long...binding him in chains, forcing him to live in dark, empty, dead places (the tombs), they've kept him naked (filled with shame) and have driven him mad, completely out of his mind. 

And they wanted to continue. 

Thus the wild storm on the sea. A headwind according to the dictionary (dot)com is "a wind opposed to the course of a moving object, especially an aircraft or other vehicle." "A wind blowing directly against the course of moving object, especially an aircraft or ship." 

Jesus was on the move. Heading in the direction of a man who needed to be put into his right mind, released from dead, empty places, given his dignity back, and freed from his own torment. The enemy tried to blow against/oppose that moving course.

But Jesus shut that down. "Silence! Quiet down!"

And instead of being blown back, Jesus Himself became the HEAD WIND! "I beg you, do not torment me!" Do not change my course! Do not oppose me! Do not vex and distress me!"

Unlike the enemy, Jesus did not fail. The legion of demons had no choice but to obey.  When the people came out to see what had happened, they found the man sitting at Jesus' feet, clothed and in his right mind. He wanted to go with Jesus, but He told him to stay, to go home. Imagine how many people came to believe in Christ because they saw this man who had been a wild animal, drastically changed. 

Maybe you feel like you're being blown away or opposed by a raging headwind. Know this: Jesus can't be stopped. Nothing detours Him from getting to you. He can heal every part of you and give you back your dignity. 

He's the only unstoppable headwind. 





2 comments:

  1. This was a great start to a new week. Thank you!!!!

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  2. I think our hearts were in the same places today:) LOVED this!! I can just see Him standing, facing that wind too:)

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