LIFELINES

It’s ‘starting over’ time

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 12/29/17

It’s ‘starting over’ time

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LIFELINES

It’s ‘starting over’ time

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Monday is the first day — not only of 2017, but it is the first day of the rest of our lives. New Year’s resolutions won’t make that much difference in the coming months. Those who knew their God at the ending of 2017 will no doubt continue their journey with Christ.

Jesus knew all about ‘starting over.’ Read the words he spoke to the man of Gadara after He cast out the devils which had possessed the man's body and soul.

“Return to thine own house, and show how great things God hath done unto thee” (Luke 8:39 KJV).

The man had lived among the tombs because of his condition and could not live among his family and community. Jesus and his disciples had crossed over the Jordan to the land of the Gadarenes to one of the cities of the Decapolis — now Umm Qais.

The tormented man had no hope — he had no rest, no joy, no place and no peace. He didn’t know that the Son of God would be his visitor that day and then everything would change. He didn’t know that this day would be the beginning of a new life. He didn’t know that this group of men who landed on the shore of Gadara meant the difference in life and death.

After Jesus had stilled the storm while crossing the Galilee, the group faced this man who had been ostracized from society. But Jesus changed things for this outcast — He delivered him from the devils which then went into swine nearby. The pigs, according to Scripture, ran off the cliffs into the water and drowned. When I was in Jordan, I was blessed to be able to stand on that cliff and remember the biblical narrative.

Unpleasant circumstances had forced the man to live in fear and uncertainty. No longer could he enjoy the security and assurance of “home.” No longer could he have the normalcy of life.

But Jesus changed the direction of this madman in the graveyard. He touched him and told him to “go home” and share what Jesus had done for him.

At “home,” there is warmth.

At “home,” the table is set.

At “home,” there is a place for you.

For those who have regrets in their living and have gone in the wrong direction, the new year is a good time to take stock and make decisions for the right. This day can be the beginning of a new life just as the man who lived among the tombs. His transformation, however, didn’t come about with resolutions, only by the power of Christ.

How foolish it is to “live among the tombs,” if you will only open the door to Christ, you would receive instant and joyous welcome.

“Return to thine own house,” and testify to the great things God has done in your life. It’s a new beginning.

“A pilgrim was I, and a wandring, In the cold night of sin I did roam,

When Jesus the kind shepherd found me, And now I am on my way home.”

— Surely Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow Me

1958, by Singspiration Inc.

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