God's Divine Healing: A Means of Redemption, Part SevenTuesday, October 04, 2005
Another amazing story centers on another presumably lost sheep of Israel, known as the Gadarene demoniac (Luke 8:26-39). Here was a fellow possessed by a whole legion of demons, presumably ranking in the hundreds. The demons had seized him many times, “and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard; and yet he would burst his fetters and be driven by the demon into the desert” (v. 29). So Jesus cast out all the demons, sending them into a herd of pigs which ran so fast over the cliff that they drowned in the lake below. “And the people went out to see what had happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind…” (v. 35). Here is the posture of one healed from sickness and suffering, and supernatural suffering at that. He was supernaturally healed such that he could now be found sitting at the feet of his new Savior. Afterward, Jesus told him, “Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you” (v. 39). And to this the former demon-possessed man now healed, “went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him” (v. 40). Another unbeliever redeemed from sin through the divine healing of God’s mercy.
Sticking with the demon-possessed route, “there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all” (Luke 13:11). Jesus spotted her and called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your sickness” (v. 12). What happened? “He laid his hands upon her; and immediately she was made erect again, and began glorifying God” (v. 13). Now what followed was not just that this poor woman was now glorifying God. That is surely enough cause for rejoicing here. But in addition, “the entire multitude was rejoicing over all the glorious things being done by Him” (v. 17). Many more lost sheep of Israel were redeemed through the divine healing of just one woman in this instance!
Read Part Eight.