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19 June, 2022Pastor Andrew Brook

In the Lord’s Prayer we pray, “We pray to God: “Deliver us from evil. We also pray, “Your kingdom come.” Jesus’ life mission was to confront evil and bring God’s life and hope. Jesus heals a man whose life has become a living hell through evil spirits who have taken over his life. In love, Jesus releases him from evil and rehumanizes him. He has a new story to tell; how much Jesus has done for him. This is our story too. Through Jesus’ cross and resurrection, evil has been defeated. We live as citizens of God’s kingdom, announcing his victory and sharing the good news of Jesus’ healing, power and protection.

Luke 8:26-39 26 Jesus and his disciples sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, ‘What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!’ 29 For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places. 30 Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ ‘Legion,’ he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. 33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. 34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 ‘Return home and tell how much God has done for you.’ So the man went away and told all over the town how much Jesus had done for him.

Psalm 22:19 "But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me."

When did you last use the word evil? What did you mean by it?

Have you ever noticed that evil is the word live spelled backwards? How does evil impact your life, and this world?

What does it mean to your everyday life that Jesus has defeated the power of evil through his cross and resurrection?

What good things has Jesus done in your life that you'd like to share with others?

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