DCLM Daily Manna 23 January 2022 

Topic: Between Christ and Swine

TEXT: Matthew 8:23-34

“And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.” – (Matthew 8:34)

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In life, we cannot avoid making choices. Much of the progresses we have made in life have come because of our decisions and choices. It is human to make wrong choices occasionally because of our limited knowledge. But there are some mistakes that are too foolish to be tolerated, especially when they have dire consequences.

Such was the poor case of the inhabitants of Gergesenes. When Christ arrived at their region, two demon-possessed people who lived in a graveyard met Him. They were so fierce that no one dared cross their path.

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The demons in them quickly recognised Christ as the “Son of God” and pleaded to be allowed to relocate into a nearby herd of swine, which at once rushed down a steep slope and perished in the water. The frightening report of the swine herders drew the inhabitants of the city to the scene. The people unanimously requested Christ to leave their coast. They cherished the swine more than their souls.

The Jews preferred Barabbas, a condemned notorious robber, to Jesus their Messiah. They opted for Christ’s crucifixion. This goes to show the extent of the fickleness of the human heart. Today, due to political, economic and social gains, many are still rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ. They would rather have their “swine” than have the only Saviour of the world and the salvation of their souls.

Unfortunately, many worldly-minded and covetous people profess to be Christians but they have little or no appetite for spiritual things. Whereas, genuine, heaven-bound believers constantly crave Christ’s presence and power.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Light will always dispel darkness.