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Sitting at the Feet of Jesus

 

26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. 27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. 29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) 30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. 31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. 32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. 33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. 34 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. 35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed. 37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.” (Lk. 8:26-37.)

 

In this passage that we have just read, we have the account of a man that was possessed with devils, being Saved and Delivered by the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Now, whenever we come to this passage, we always like to be reminded of how that this man is a most excellent picture of any lost man, that is Saved by the Grace of God. Surely, this is a picture of everyone of us, in our natural estate,

 

Let’s look at the condition of this man, after that the Lord has come unto him. And, in examining the saved condition of this man, I want us to concentrate on this verse: “Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.” (Lk. 8:35.) Now, in our examination of the condition of this saved man, let us look at the description that is painted of him – and let us look at the description in reverse order; that is, I want us to notice how that he was “In His Right Mind;” “Clothed;” and, “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus.”

 

In His Right Mind

 

As proof of the need for men and women to come to the Right Frame of Mind (and the Right Condition before God), let me refer you to the Prodigal Son of Luke 15. We read about this young man in Lk. 15:11-24. “11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.” We read in v. 17 that this young man came to himself. There was a change in his mind. And not just in his mind, but in his attitude, understanding – and even, we might say, a change in his heart. There is a necessary change that must take place in our lives, if we are ever to Repent of our sins and Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

We read in Col. 1:21-22, “21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:” (Col. 1:21-22.) The Holy Spirit comes upon us, and effects a change in our Will and in our Hearts. Our needs and our Saviour are revealed unto us, and we believe in the reconciliation that is accomplished in Christ.

 

Paul explains the need for a change this way: 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Rom. 8:6-8.) The demoniac there on the shores of the sea, was in a terrible condition. What a surprise when Jesus was revealed to him as his own Saviour! How wonderful it must have been, to have been relieved of those devils, and then to look at the Lord Jesus, and behold the Son of God – the Saviour of men!

 

So, there must be a change of mind in order that one would believe on Jesus Christ, and follow Him. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom. 12:2.)

 

Clothed

 

Let’s return to our text verses and study them a little further. Notice that the man in our text passage, was found to be “…sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind…” (Lk. 8:35.) Not only was the man in his right mind, but, he was also clothed. I think that the clothing that this saved man was wearing, is a picture of the Garments of Salvation.

 

Remember, before the Lord Jesus Christ came to him, this man was often times found naked. In fact, when the Lord Jesus Christ first appears in the presence of this man, he is naked or scantily clad. This is a good picture of every man, in his natural condition, as he might stand in the presence of Jesus Christ – God Almighty.

 

We read about how that the Lord has clothed His people Israel: 8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine. 9 Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil. 10 I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk. 11 I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck. 12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head. 13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom. 14 And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.” (Ezek. 16:8-14.) Not only is there a transformation in the mind of the demoniac, but there is a transformation in his appearance.

 

Remember, when the Father of the Prodigal, received his son unto himself again, he said, “But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:” (Lk. 15:22.) I believe that this is similar to what God said about the high priest Joshua, during the time of the return of the Captivity unto Jerusalem: 1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. 2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. 4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. 5 And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.” (Zech. 3:1-5.) The demon-possessed man of our text had a habit of running around naked, or without appropriate clothing. He was not presentable, in his previous condition, to be tolerated in the presence of Jesus the Christ. And yet, we notice that when the townsfolk come out to see Jesus, they discover that the demon-possessed man is not only in his Right Mind, but he is also wearing appropriate clothing in the presence of Jesus the Christ. In the Old Testament passage that I have just referred you to, I want you to notice that even the best of us (Joshua the high priest would be an example of this) are found wanting, and dirty, and filthy, in the Sight of God Almighty. And yet, our God is willing to Clothe us, and to dress us in the Garments of Salvation.

 

We read in Is. 61:10, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” These are the Garments that I desire, and that I know will cover me in the Sight of our Holy and Just God.

 

Remember when Adam and Eve had sinned in the Garden of Eden? Do you remember how they immediately knew that they were naked? Well, I believe that, after they had sinned, they were immediately aware of their own sinful condition, and how that their sinful condition could not be tolerated in the Presence of God. Therefore, they sewed fig leaves together to cover their nakedness. And yet, they knew that even this was not enough. Therefore, when they heard the voice of the Lord God in the Garden of Eden, they hid themselves in the thickest part of the foliage – hoping that, somehow, they could be hidden from the Eyes of the Holy God and Creator. And yet, they could not be hidden – nor could they cover their own sins.

 

Surely, this maniac, demon-possessed man, is a good example of a man that was naked, and then was clothed. He is a good example of one that could not cover his own sinfulness, but still, by the Grace and Power of God, he could be clothed upon with Salvation.

 

Sitting at the Feet of Jesus

 

I believe that the True Disciple will always be found sitting at the feet of Jesus. Remember, when the folks of the town came out to see what had happened with the man that had been possessed with the devils, they found him “…sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.” (Lk. 8:35.)

 

Once we have been brought to our senses; and once we have been clothed with the Garments of Salvation; what else can we do? or, where else would we go? The person and the place that we want to be, is to be with Jesus Christ. Not only is there a transformation in the heart and mind of this demoniac; there is also a transformation in the appearance (clothing) of the demoniac. And, in addition, there is even a transformation in the attitude of this man. All of this is representative of the changes that must take place in the lives of those that the Lord Jesus Christ comes to, and they are saved by the Good Grace of God.

 

When the Lord left this man, we find out that the man wanted to go with Jesus Christ, but Jesus sent him to be a witness in his community. 38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.” (Lk. 8:38-39.) This man that wanted to be with Jesus, found that the Lord wanted him to tell others about the Change that had taken place in his life. Now, he must go and tell others about the New Mind that he had, the Salvation that he was made a part of, and the Christ, at Whose Feet he had so recently sat! This demoniac became a good witness for Jesus Christ. He is also an example of how to serve and testify of the One Who can change us, clothe us, and bring us to God.

 

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, this is our duty as well. Has your mind been changed? Have you been converted from your former Depraved Will and Purpose, and have you been given the Holy Will and Purpose of the child of God? And, have you had your Filthy Garments changed for the Pure and Righteous Garments that are washed in the Blood of Christ? Do you desire to Sit at the Feet of the Lord and Master? Well, if you have experienced these things, and if you have these desires, then why don’t you go and tell others about Jesus Christ. Surely, this man was a good witness.

 

However, if you have not known the Lord Jesus Christ; and if your mind is not presently disposed towards the things of God; then, I beg of you, consider your own vile condition! Consider, that, even now, you are dressed in filthy garments – or, perhaps you are standing naked before God. How will you justify yourself before the Holy God of Heaven and Earth? 

 

Conclusion

 

We notice in our text verse that when the people of the surrounding area saw what Jesus had done, and when they saw what condition the newly converted man was in, that they were afraid. Isn’t it the usual reaction of the world, that they will fear what they do not understand? And isn’t it the usual reaction of the world that they will fear those things that are clearly of a Spiritual and Godly nature?

 

Well, whatever might be the reaction of the world, I hope and pray that the Lord will find each of us here today in such a condition as the man in our text – that is, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind.

 

Let me close by referring you the time when the Lord was transfigured on the mountain, in the presence of Peter, James, and John. In Matthew’s account of that transfiguration, after that Moses and Elijah had appeared, and after the Lord had spoken to them, and after that the Voice of the Father had been heard from Heaven, we find that the disciples were very afraid. But, then, we read this: “And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.” (Mt. 17:7.) Jesus Christ will always come to those that are His. And, in the case of the maniac that we read about in our text, we know that Jesus came unto him and saved his soul, and gave his life meaning. Well, the same is true of us all. If we return to the Mt. of Transfiguration, we read the response of Peter, James, and John in the next verse: “And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.” (Mt. 17:7-8.) I hope that this will be the response of us all – that we, too, will mimic the possessed man of Gadara, and be eager to sit at the Feet of Jesus. And, just as Peter, James, and John, when we look up, and when we behold the world and what it is that we should be doing, we will see Jesus only.

 

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