The Stranger (KJV)
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Having just docked, boatman glared at shore. “Oooo, oooo, ooooo.” What is going on? Such a sight! Such shrieking! Such talk! What a weird, spooky sight! Jesus’ disciples looked.
“What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most High? I beseech thee, torment me not,” the stranger said.
Now Jesus and His disciples had been at sea. A terrible storm had occurred.
In the storm, the disciples called to Jesus, their Master, who was asleep in the boat. He calmed the wind and the waves.
“What manner of man is this! For he commanded even the winds and water, and they obey him,” they said to one another, being afraid.
Now, what a fearful sight, such nasty talk! They had never heard such rude remarks to the Savior. Crowds had followed him and saw his great compassion.
And to think, the stranger was naked talking to their Master. The man was wild. No one could tame him. He was often bound with chains, but he would break the chains off. He lived in the tombs.
They must have thought, “What will Jesus do?”
Upon seeing the man who was in torment, Jesus said, “What is your name?”
“Legion,” he replied.
Legion had many demons. The demons talked to Jesus, requesting to not be sent into the bottomless pit.
Many swine were feeding on the mountain.
Looking at Legion with compassion, Jesus sent the demons out of Legion into the herd of swine which then ran down the mountain into the lake and drowned.
The man then sat at Jesus’ feet. He was clothed and in his right mind. (Not shrieking.)
Jesus had again shown his compassion by giving it to the man, who had been a strange person. He was now a changed individual.
The man now received Jesus and wanted him to come to his house. He no longer rejected the Savior but had received him.
Jesus sent him to tell his family what great things had happened to him. (Luke 8:22-39)
Jesus is the same today. He is compassionate and kind. He doesn’t want us to be strangers.
He said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).
As he changed the stranger, Legion, Jesus will receive all who come to him and change them, too.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:12).
The disciples had heard Legion’s unkind words to the Master before he became a new creature.
Later, though, disciples heard and saw Jesus crucified. The multitudes turned against him. They cried, “Crucify him.”
We also turned against him as
Isaiah 53:3 says, “He is despised and rejected of men … and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”
Yes, he was crucified. But disciples saw him again as God raised him from the dead (John 20). Looking to Jesus, they saw his love and the Father’s.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Great things they saw, available to all. —Anonymous