Beginning the ‘rest of your life’
by BETTIE MARLOWE, Banner Staff Writer
Dec 28, 2012 | 589 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tuesday is the first day of the new year — not only of 2013, but it is the first day of the rest of our lives.

New Year’s resolutions made at the start of the year won’t make that much difference in the coming months.

Those who knew their God at the ending of 2012 will no doubt continue their journey with Christ.

But 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 for the man of Gadara, who lived among the tombs (Luke 8:27). His transformation, however, didn’t come about with resolutions, only by the power of Christ.

Jesus and his disciples had crossed over the sea of Galilee to the land of the Gadarenes coming to shore at one of the cities of the Decapolis — now Umm Qais — and there met the situation.

After Jesus had stilled the storm while crossing the Galilee, the group now faced this man who had been ostracized from society. The tormented man had no hope — he had no rest, no joy, no place and no peace.

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. 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 this group of men who landed on the shores of Gadara meant the difference between life and death.

But Jesus changed things for this outcast — He delivered him from the devils which (by request) then went into swine nearby.

The pigs, according to Scripture, ran off the cliffs into the water and drowned.

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

These were the words of Jesus to the man, after deliverance from the demons who possessed his soul, mind and body. 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.

How foolish it is to “live among the tombs,” when 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.”