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Summary: Just as Jesus told the healed man to tell others how much God had done for him--we have the same calling.

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Luke 8:26-39

“We Have a Story to Tell”

By: Rev. Kenneth Emerson Sauer,

Pastor of Parkview United Methodist Church, Newport News, VA

www.parkview-umc.org

Why are we here this morning?

Why are we not doing what most of the people in our

community are doing

right this moment?…

Sleeping in.

Playing golf.

Trying to overcome a hangover from the night before.

Cutting the lawn…

…whatever?

Could it be that something has happened in our

lives…something so

great…that we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else?

Or could it be that we are searching for something…

…something we have seen in others, something we know exists, but have not yet experienced for ourselves?

I know what my answer is.

What is your answer or reason for being here?

In our Gospel Lesson for this morning Jesus is met by a

demon-possessed man

who wants nothing to do with Him.

He is afraid of God.

The presence of the Holy for him is a tormenting thing.

But in the later part of our Lesson we see a new man.

Legion is healed.

He is sitting at the feet of Jesus, not because he has

to—but because he

would not want to be anywhere else.

And he even begs Jesus to allow Him to come with Jesus onto the next town and the next and the next.

Not only is he no longer fearful of God, but he can’t get

enough of Him.

He wants to be with Him at all times and everywhere.

How many of us were like Legion before we were saved?

We weren’t comfortable with God.

He was a fearful thought to us.

And even though our lives were not whole…

…even though we were possessed by many demons who drove us to

solitary places…

…we still did not want to be healed.

At first glance, it may seem very odd to us that Legion was

not overjoyed when he first met Jesus.

Legion was naked and unwashed.

He had no home, but lived alone in a cemetery, chained their

by townspeople who were at their wits end with how to deal with him.

“Many times…” Legion “had broken his chains”… but the demon drove him into

even more horrible situations.

How many of us have tried to ‘break our chains’---to ‘save’

ourselves only to find that our own salvation is no salvation at all?

Maybe we were comfortable in our sickness—in our sin—we liked

playing with evil…we thought that evil was the answer to the miseries of this life.

Listen to what Jesus says in John chapter 3: “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light

because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.”

It’s like sitting in a dark room, and someone suddenly turns

on the lights.

What might be our first reaction?

Well, the light hurts our eyes…

…the light causes us pain as we see ourselves as we are—sinners in need of God…

…so we either turn the light back off or leave it on—allowing our

eyes to see sin for what sin is…

…allowing the Light of Jesus to cause us to repent and change…

…and then learning to love that Light that has finally brought us

real hope, real peace, real joy, real love!!!

Is that why we are here?

Can we relate to this?


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