New Clothes

New Clothes

Daily Devotion for Lent | Friday, February 23, 2018

Read Luke 8:26-39.

Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. (Luke 8:35)

The story of the demon-possessed man of the Gerasenes starts out as a horror tale. The poor man was afflicted with thousands of demons—thus the name “Legion,” which refers to a group of more than 5,000 Roman soldiers. As a result of their torment, he could not control his own behavior; he lived naked among the tombs. When anyone tried to lock him up, he broke the locks and escaped.

Helping this man seems impossible. Nobody can even keep him in one place long enough to do anything for him! Yet when Jesus stepped out of the boat, there was the man ready and waiting for help—and before the demons could get their first words out, Jesus was already commanding them to leave.

What a wonderful use of divine power! And yet there was one more need to meet. The man was still naked. Yet when the townspeople came to see what had happened, he was fully clothed.

Where did they get the clothes? We don’t know. Most likely Jesus and the disciples supplied them. Someone gave up their extra change of clothes to cover the man’s shame. It was the only decent thing to do.

So we have a two-part blessing here—Jesus drives out the demons, and then Jesus—Himself or through a follower—provides the man with the basic covering he needed not to be ashamed. And this is what Jesus does for us, too, isn’t it? When He willingly went to suffering and death, He overcame the power of the devil for us. He set us free from Satan’s slavery. And He rose from the dead to give forgiveness and covering from shame to all of us who trust in Him.

Now we are no longer harassed, helpless, and naked, under the power of the devil. As Paul tells us, “In Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27). Christ has made Himself our clothing, and we need never be ashamed again.

THE PRAYER: Lord,You have covered my shame and made me Your own. Use me to bless other people as well. Amen.

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SILENT WITNESSES Lenten Devotions 2018

For Christians, the season of Lent is marked by deep reflection on the appearance of the Savior and, naturally, what His life, suffering, death, and resurrection mean for our lives now. God’s human involvement in our world is a perfect example of His intimate love for us. He spared nothing to make Himself known to us—a fact that proclaims in no uncertain terms how “God so loved the world.” In Silent Witnesses, readers will note both the majestic—and mundane—aspects of the Gospel accounts: stories telling how God in His infinite power came down and “has spoken to us by His Son.”

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