“When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain”.
Mk 5:2, 3 NIV
When a person is full of vitality and energy we sometimes say, “That man’s a real live wire”. But then we may also say of someone who is lacking in “oomph”, “That guy’s half dead”. Often we use the word “life” to mean “liveliness”, and “dead” to mean weak or devoid of initiative.
Jesus here met a man who lived in the place of the dead – the tombs. He cuts a tragic figure, his personality twisted so badly by his illness that everyone else had banished him from normal society and had given him up as a lost cause. He contributed nothing to society – except to scare the daylights out of those who ever met him. He was no doubt regarded as being “as good as dead”. And yet he possessed enormous physical strength. And the Christ who elsewhere had said, “I am come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10 NIV) came to meet him.
There are some people who live what we might call “half alive only”, who keep to themselves, waste their lives in drinking and care about nobody and nothing. There are others who become so consumed with complaining and criticizing that they become a bore and pain to be with. And some allow their bodily appetites to dictate their entire existence.
Let Jesus Christ become the centre and soul of your existence and the Lord of your life and you will truly and fully live.
Lord, grant me your quality of eternal life.