Holiness, Sanity, and Missions: Drowning Swine, Ch. 12

Mark 5:15-20 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. . . As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled. (ESV)

Truly, the most amazing (tear-jerking) part of the story is this final scene. Here we have a portrait of a converted man, at peace and sane, sitting joyfully at Jesus’ feet. In spite of the death of two thousand swine and the severe weakening of a local economy and the bitter response of the people asking Jesus to leave, here was a man who had been living a lonely, dark, and tortuous life, now resting with delight at the foot of his new Master. The look of cold insanity in his eyes was replaced with the happy twinkle of hope.

Once the man was free of Legion’s clutches, we see the convergence in his life of three major evidences that he had, indeed, found new life. These three evidences are holiness, sanity, and a missions mindset. For all those who have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light, these three gospel fruits should be present and growing, revealing to the watching world a heart that has been truly converted and changed.

For the former demoniac, the transformation was radical and immediate. Radical, because the extreme form of darkness that had overtaken him was completely banished in a moment’s time. Immediate, because Jesus rid him of the plaguing evil with one powerful word – “Go!” Just like that, he was made new and started a fresh life with Christ!

His conversion serves as a wonderful example of how our Lord can destroy evil and its death-bringing effects. However, for most people it doesn’t happen in exactly the same way as it did for this man, though it does happen according to the same basic principles.

For example, a woman may not be possessed by a legion of demons, and she may not be at such an extreme point of insanity, but she may be heavily influenced by the world, succumbing more times than not to the desires of the flesh. She may not be as far gone as this man was, but in essence, she is walking the same path that leads ultimately to the same eternal ruin.

When this woman comes to Jesus, she may not convert as suddenly as the demoniac did. Like many people, she may ponder for months or even years whether she should listen to Jesus and trust him to save her. God often works to draw a person’s heart through his acts of providence over a long period of time before that person comes to believe and trust. But the basic principle is the same – she experiences the grace of God and comes to Jesus, just as the demoniac did.

Furthermore, just as the man showed evidence of his new found faith, so does everyone who comes to Christ. Holiness, sanity, and a missions mindset are the three major fruits visible in the man’s life, and these same three fruits will be visible to varying degrees in the hearts and lives of every person properly affiliated with Christ’s team.

Not everyone will have all three of these fruits at their highest levels immediately. The former demoniac visibly demonstrated all three very quickly, but another convert to Christ may demonstrate them more slowly, or maybe one will grow more rapidly than the other two. But in principle, it is the same for everyone who comes to Jesus. Namely, all three of these fruits will show themselves at some point in the life of every person who is chosen by God for salvation, born again, and consciously following Christ. In the remainder of this chapter, we will inspect these three fruits.

Christ Brings Holiness

When the demons came out of the man’s soul with a screech and thrash, and Jesus drowned his uncleanness, the man tasted true holiness for the first time in his life. When his eyes and mind cleared, he saw the face of God embodied in Jesus of Nazareth. We can imagine those precious first few moments when life-giving holiness touched his heart.

Mark tells us the man was “sitting there,” while Luke adds that he was “sitting at the feet of Jesus.” This is essentially how a person becomes holy. Holiness comes into the person’s life who sits at the feet of Jesus.

Amazingly, this man went from having the most notorious reputation in the region to having a heart full of love, joy, and truth. Right at the beginning of his new life, he sat down where he could be near Jesus and hear the words and instructions of his new Master.

Though the concept of holiness is sometimes difficult for people to understand, the essence of it is truly found in being near Jesus and listening to his words, taking them to heart. Since he is absolute holiness, just being close to him allows a person to bathe in the beams of his radiating holiness. Hearing his Word spoken has a way of melting and changing one’s heart to look more like him and less like a demon.

There is another practical dimension to being holy. It is seen when a person who is near Jesus, saved by him, and forgiven by him, desires and strives to keep the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) by the power of the Holy Spirit within him. Practically speaking, a person’s holiness is measured by how well they keep God’s commandments.

To be clear, nobody can be saved by keeping the Ten Commandments (Romans 3:28), just like no person is saved by sitting at Jesus’ feet. But we are saved in order that we can and will sit at Jesus’ feet and keep his law. Obedience is the fruit of the tree whose root is the justifying grace of God through Christ. He saves first, but then we must obey next.

After all, what is it we hear when we are sitting at Jesus’ feet? Is it not instruction on how to live a holy life as a citizen in his Kingdom? For example:

Matthew 5:27-30 You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. (ESV)

In this case, Jesus is explaining and defending one of the Ten Commandments, “You shall not commit adultery.” He is not dismissing this command in the least (see 5:17-20), but is showing how he wants his people to apply it – in the heart and not through mere outward conformity. As we sit at his feet, he teaches us how to be holy, and then we are to demonstrate holiness by obedience to him.

A quick survey of 1 John unveils these truths in a profound way. The apostle is writing in order to teach people how to know whether they are genuinely saved, and he repetitively reveals one of the chief evidences of true salvation as obedience to God’s law on the basis of regenerating grace:

1 John 2:3-6 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (ESV)

1 John 3:21-24 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. (ESV)

1 John 5:2-3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (ESV)

So, on the basis of what God has done in regeneration, we choose to follow him and obey him, not to secure salvation – since that is already done – but rather because he has changed us. As changed creatures (indeed, born again people) now we see that his law is good, holy, and beneficial for our lives.

Paul teaches this clearly in Ephesians 2, where he emphasizes that salvation is by faith alone, not by any works we can accomplish (2:9). But then he immediately adds that our salvation is to bear the fruit of “good works” for his glory, which is one reason God saves us by grace:

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)

When we obey and seek to live a holy life, it brings him great glory, and there is nothing we’d rather do than glorify the one who secured our eternal salvation.

Imagine a scenario where a billionaire sees a malnourished, homeless girl, sitting alone in an alley. She is only thirteen years old, and his heart is broken for her. After a bit of research, he finds out that she is an orphan, and that he is free to adopt her if he chooses. So at great personal expense, he does. He rescues her and redeems her from her lonely suffering in the street. She did not earn his grace and favor. She did nothing to deserve his kindness or goodness. But he calls her his daughter, and she calls him Daddy. Suddenly, she is rich, and an heiress to a vast fortune. She is loved, and she knows it.

A few years later, the father asks his daughter if she would run an errand for him. Now that she is driving, he asks her to run down to the hardware store and pick up a few shrubs and flowers to freshen up the landscaping around their home. The girl smiles and says, “Sure, Daddy,” and carries out the task obediently. Once she arrives back home, she begins the process of replacing shrubs and planting new flowers.

The father walks out onto the front lawn and says to his girl, “Hey, you didn’t have to do the planting! I just wanted you to pick up some new things. I can do all the hard work.”

She replies, “It’s okay, Daddy, I enjoy making things look pretty.”

Do you see what has happened here? The grace this man has shown to the girl has changed her. When she lived on the street, she wouldn’t have enjoyed being obedient to an unknown rich guy. But as his adopted daughter, obedience was a joy. She wanted to please her father not because she had to earn anything from him – he had already demonstrated his unconditional love for her when he rescued her – rather, she wanted to please him because she belonged to him.

This is how sanctification looks in the life of a believer. This is exactly what happened to the former demoniac. He was so overwhelmed by the freely given love and grace of Christ that obedience to him was a given. He had been lost, but Christ found him. He was an adopted son of the living God.

Ephesians 1:5 He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will. (ESV)

Scripture gives almost no details about the man’s life after Christ rescued him. We don’t know what his struggles were after the demons were gone or whether he experienced any sinful relapses. But what we know is that he had been given a new heart. He was compelled to sit at Jesus’ feet, soak in the holy rays of light coming from the Lord, and be obedient to his commands.

What about you? Are you striving to be holy? Many sincere Christians seem to struggle answering “Yes” to this question. This might be because we feel only God is truly holy, so we simply can’t be. Or we feel if we answer “Yes,” then we are pridefully declaring how good we are, and at the same time, judging others who aren’t as holy. Thus, we rarely hear Christians say, “I am striving for holiness.”

This is a frightening situation. God calls us to be holy, and he kindly gives us the grace which makes it possible. If we neglect our own personal holiness, then we are neglecting God himself, who makes us holy. We are refusing to sit at the feet of Jesus and take his teaching seriously.

One of the marks of a true Christian is a life-long striving for holiness on the foundation of eternal, glorious grace. It must be a driving part of every Christian’s life. Where this drive is absent, we are safe to assume the person is either not a Christian at all, or is extremely immature in the faith, not yet having understood what it means to be one of God’s children.

Every Christian has besetting sins that keep our souls dark and cold and that keep us from holiness. These must be fought, destroyed, and never allowed to rule and reign within. We are saved by grace, but we are not saved in order to remain unholy. God’s grace not only redeems us, but also gives us the strength to battle real-life, day-to-day sin:

Romans 6:1-11 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (ESV)

Meditate for a moment on that last statement, “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” This is what holiness means, practically speaking. If you are a truly born-again, converted believer in Jesus Christ, then being holy will not only mean something special to you, but you will be striving to actually obtain it with God’s help. So sit at the feet of the Master, listen carefully to his instructions for your life, and strive to obey what he says.

Christ Brings Sanity

Not only did Jesus bring holiness into the life of the former demoniac, but also sanity. Mark tells us he was “clothed and in his right mind.”

As detailed in a previous chapter, darkness leads inevitably to insanity, especially when insanity is described as mentally picturing things in a way different from what they really are. Walking in a dark room, a person may conceive in her mind’s eye the way the furniture is laid out, but upon stubbing her toe on the dresser, she realizes her mental conception of the layout differed from the actual layout. In a sense, this is a moment of insanity – not clinical insanity as we commonly think of it, but just an occasion when the mind’s idea of something is different from the reality. In other words, the mind is wrong or wrong-headed in that instance.

It goes without saying that if the demoniac of Mark 5 lived in our day, he would have been committed to an asylum and declared insane. His state would be considered an extreme case of mental breakdown. Not too many people fall into that extreme category (though the number is quite astounding). However, many people do live their lives with what we may call insanity-lite. They are not so bad that they must be put into an institution, but their basic life choices do not mesh well with reality. Their minds are dark, and they make decisions on the basis of that darkness.

For example, committing adultery is insane, but tens of thousands engage in this sin regularly. Because adultery does not work in God’s world (no sin does), there is a high price to pay when people choose it. Adultery deeply wounds people and destroys marriages, yet it is a popular choice in a dark world.

Likewise, overindulgence with food, alcohol, and drugs is also a type of insane action, yet millions of people engage in these sins on a daily basis. Again, an insane action is one that does not take into account the real world and how it works, and in this case, how physical bodies work. Insanity does not consider the dreadful and deadly consequences of a particular action. So gluttons, drunkards, and drug abusers do not function according to the light of reality, and their bodies and minds suffer the consequences. They are in the metaphoric dark room, hoping they don’t smash their toe as they make their way through life blindly.

The same goes for those filled with greed. Their selfish ways simply will not work successfully in the world as God made it. This is well-illustrated in the children’s story The Goose with the Golden Eggs.

One day a countryman going to the nest of his Goose found there an egg all yellow and glittering. When he took it up it was as heavy as lead and he was going to throw it away, because he thought a trick had been played upon him. But he took it home on second thoughts, and soon found to his delight that it was an egg of pure gold. Every morning the same thing occurred, and he soon became rich by selling his eggs. As he grew rich he grew greedy; and thinking to get at once all the gold the Goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find nothing.

The greedy are blind to how reality works, and so their greed ruins them. Because he owned a goose that could lay golden eggs, the countryman was rich. But he longed to be richer. Believing he could get all the golden eggs at once, he killed his goose. What an insane decision! Greed is a blinding darkness. Rather than obtaining what they want, the greedy lose everything.

The same is true for those who constantly worry (who fail to see and trust the providential hand of God guiding their lives), those filled with rage and anger (who wrongly believe they must constantly seek vengeance for themselves), and those who speak lies (who fail to see that life comes from truth). These are all living apart from the light of true rationality, following dark ways which are contrary to how God made the world to work.

It is true, all sin is insanity. Some sin is more insane than other sin, but all of it is a choice to go against the grain of reality. And all of it reaps the harvest of painful consequences.

So we should not be surprised when we read that one of the results of meeting Jesus was that the former demoniac was now “in his right mind.” Jesus, the Truth, brought light to him, and in the light, his mind became clear. Reality was now visible to him. And one of the first things he did was put some clothes on!

The same is true for people who meet Jesus today. A new sanity should be an obvious fruit of the encounter. It may not always happen immediately, but every follower of Christ should be trending towards wise, light-filled decisions, and away from crazy, dark decisions. As Paul directly taught:

Ephesians 4:17-24 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. . . But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (ESV, italics mine)

A life apart from Jesus is a life “darkened in. . . understanding.” It is an ignorant life. Ignorant of the reality of God’s presence and power, his judgment and wrath, and his love and mercy.

But notice Paul says, “Be renewed in the spirit of your minds,” and see how he couples this with, “Put on the new self,” which looks like God’s righteousness and holiness. A believer will possess both of these fruits. Holiness comes with sanity and vice versa. The more holy a person is the more sane he will be, and the more sane he is the more holy he will be.

Then, adding the two of these together, a third fruit blossoms. This one will also be visible in every believer’s life.

Holiness + Sanity = Missions

Whenever a person truly experiences the holiness of Jesus, and their mind is made sane as a result, the natural product of the merging of these two things is a heart for missions. Suddenly, the person wants to tell others about the joy and the power of Christ!

The former demoniac immediately became a missionary. His natural impulse was to join Jesus, travel with him, and be a living testimony of the grace of God. In Mark 5:17, the townspeople “beg” Jesus to leave their region. In the very next verse, this newly converted man “begged” Jesus to allow him to join his team. What a contrast in begging! Suddenly, nothing mattered more to this man than being in the presence of Jesus and telling others about him, and he begged and pleaded for the opportunity.

This is what always happens to true converts. The holiness and sanity Christ brings to them combines to form a heart that beats with missionary impulses. For the believer who understands what Christ has delivered him from, he must tell others of the grace of God. He is compelled to share with everyone that the light of Christ can destroy darkness.

However, Jesus does not permit the man to travel with him. This part of the story has always struck me as a bit sad. Poor guy! A few moments earlier he was overrun with a horde of demons, and now he is living in the light of Christ. All he wants is to be with Jesus! But the Lord says “No.”

The pastor in me finds this hard to swallow. Here is a new believer who needs a mentor in the faith. He needs to be around other true believers, like the disciples, so that he can grow and be grounded in his walk with Christ. But he is not permitted.

Actually, however, this is not sad. It was not as though Jesus rejected the man or didn’t want him around. Rather, Jesus had a plan for him related to that local community. You see, Jesus was being forced to leave by the townspeople, but he was leaving behind a sparkling example of his grace, embodied in this man.

Christ gave him clear instructions: “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (v19). Then the man carried out these instructions to the fullest: “And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled” (v20).

The Decapolis, which means Ten Cities, was another name for the general area just southeast of the Sea of Galilee. He did not merely go back to his local neighborhood, or to his former house. No, he started traveling regionally, taking the saving message of Christ to thousands of people who lived in that general vicinity.

But was his evangelistic ministry successful? It certainly was. We know this when we study the account of Jesus’ return to the area:

Mark 7:31-37 Then he returned. . . to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. . . And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. . . And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” (ESV, italics mine)

Notice, this event happened “in the region of the Decapolis.” Jesus returned to the people who had asked him to leave. Was it exactly the same place he cast out Legion? Maybe, but if not, we know it was very close to the same place, since the Decapolis was not that large of a region.

On his return visit, the people responded to him much differently than they had the first time. Instead of begging him to leave, they were begging him to heal a severely disabled man, and he did it. Then the people were astonished and said, “He has done all things well.” So the general attitude towards Jesus had changed dramatically in the area.

Again, we cannot be certain this event happened in exactly the same spot as where the swine drowned, but what we do know is the man Jesus commissioned as a missionary had been very busy proclaiming God’s grace throughout the entire region. His witness and testimony was changing the way people thought of Jesus’ ministry. Mission-minded people can have this type of major impact on the culture around them.

One of the early leaders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Samuel Shoemaker (1893-1963), captured this idea in a powerful quote: “Most people are brought to faith in Christ, not by argument for it, but by exposure to it.”

He was right. There is something wonderful and powerful about simply exposing the message of Jesus to people in a particular place. Remember, the only information the former demoniac was instructed to share was his testimony – “Tell them how much the Lord has done for you.” He conveyed to people that Jesus is powerful, that he helps people, and that he shows mercy. The man shared this message far and wide, and this exposure to the ministry of Jesus made a major difference in the way people responded to Christ when he returned.

This is essentially what missions is all about. It is a spreading of the message of Jesus, exposing the truth of his saving grace. And the impulse to be part of that process is present within the heart of every true follower of Jesus.

What about you? Do you have this missionary impulse? Do you actively expose the message and ministry of Christ to others? If not, something is not clicking just right in your heart, even if you desire the holiness and sanity Jesus brings.

Maybe you have the mission impulse, but you have not yet figured out a way to speak for Christ in your daily life. Let me offer a suggestion to help you get started: speak for Jesus on social media. If you have a Facebook account, for example, post verses from the Bible and express words of testimony. Link to articles online that are gospel-focused. Likewise, if you use email, include a verse at the bottom of each message you send out.

This suggestion might seem trite, but if you speak for Jesus regularly on social media, hopefully, it will spill over into your conversations at home and work. Posting online allows you to think carefully about how to witness to the goodness of Christ, which then trains your mind to speak those same things when face-to-face with others.

Witnessing for Christ on social media is not the best way to vent your missionary impulses, but it is a very good place to start. If you can consistently share the goodness of God there, it will prove that you can share his goodness anywhere.

The Three Go Together

Have you noticed how connected these three fruits of conversion are? If you take any one of them out, you don’t have a true believer. If a person says, “Well, I want to be holy and mission-minded, but I plan on making dark decisions with my mind that do not mesh with reality, such as committing adultery, or idolizing money,” then he is missing sanity. He is not “in his right mind.” See how that doesn’t work? Making insane decisions reveals a heart of unbelief, even if the person longs for holiness and has a heart for missions.

Similarly, if a person says, “I want to be personally holy, and I want to make wise and sane decisions, but all this missions talk is not for me,” then this attitude reveals a really big problem. Why? Because when true holiness and true sanity converge in a person’s heart, the result is always a mission impulse. If Christ saves a person, washing away darkness and sin, and leads him into sanctifying holiness, which produces sane decisions, then that person will understand how badly other people need this same grace. It will be as though he discovered a cure for cancer that works every time for all kinds of cancer. He will not be able to keep the news to himself! He will be compelled to share it.

Think of these three fruits – holiness, sanity, and missions – as three legs of a stool. All three must be present together or else the stool falls. Remove any one of the legs, and you no longer have a safe place to sit. Likewise, every Christian must have all three fruits, or else he has no grounds for labeling himself a Christian. He is in very unsafe territory.

This being the case, you can test yourself to see if you are genuinely converted to Christ. Simply ask yourself, “Is my own holiness something that is important to me? Am I fighting sin with God’s help? How serious am I about obeying my Lord? How often do I long desperately to sit at Jesus’ feet and soak in his teaching?”

Then ask yourself, “Am I in my right mind? Do I make decisions in the glorious light of Christ, or do I make decisions in the dark? Am I actively seeking to live sanely in the world as God made it?” Remember, clothing choices must be included in this line of self-testing. What we choose to wear reveals much about whether we are in our right mind.

Finally, ask yourself, “Am I a missionary for Jesus? Does my heart beat with an impulse of sharing his message of grace with others? Do I support other missionaries who take Jesus’ message around the world?” So many who live in the United States are addicted to their comfort and possessions, hindering them from having a heart for missions. Is that you?

If you ask yourself these questions and give true and honest answers, you can determine whether you know Jesus or not. You can identify your category as true believer or unbeliever.

Authentic, born-again, converted followers of Christ will have all three fruits, and they will be striving to grow in all three areas. If you conclude you are a believer, you can further determine if you are a mature believer or one that is weak in the faith – an infant. Perhaps you have all three fruits, but only a little of each one. Or maybe you have two out of three growing strong, but the third is weak. Ask the Lord to help you in the places you struggle.

If you conclude from this test that you are an unbeliever, you need to run to Jesus now and experience the same grace the demoniac did. You’ll know it’s real when holiness, sanity, and a mission-mindset begin to bloom in your heart and life.

What a Savior!

It is with these glorious thoughts that our study in Mark 5 must come to an end. I hope you noticed that the end of the story is much brighter and more encouraging than the beginning! At the beginning, we find a man living in a world of darkness, death, and destruction – the same world we live in. But at the end of the story, we find a man seeking holiness, living sanely, and preaching the gospel. Demons, death, and darkness were replaced with love, life, and light.

We’ve learned from Mark 5 that our Lord Jesus Christ is a missionary. When he travelled into a land of strangling darkness and found a man poisoned by a Legion of demons, he brought saving and healing light and changed everything. He identified and named the problem. He cast the evil horde into a herd of pigs, smashing the idol of economy in the process. The people of the town were exposed to the power of the glory of God, and they would never be the same. Their unclean swine were drowned, and they learned that their unclean hearts could be too.

When it was all said and done, the former lunatic found fullness of joy in the holiness and love of his new Master. He sat at Jesus’ feet, sane and in his right mind. Then he took to the streets, proclaiming the goodness of his Savior.

Let’s conclude our study with that picture in our minds! A picture of the result of Christ’s redemption. Furthermore, we finish with the hope that Christ will continue to redeem people in our day just as he did then.

John 1:4-5 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (ESV)

What a Savior!


This post is Chapter 12 of the book Drowning Swine.


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  1. Jesus the Missionary
  2. Here Be Demons (and Pigs)
  3. Darkness Is Dark
  4. Among the Tombs Crying Out
  5. Darkness Kills Itself
  6. Who’s the Boss?
  7. Team Affiliation
  8. Naming Your Demons
  9. Fighting Fire with Consuming Fire
  10. Why God Made Pigs
  11. The Idolatry of Economy
  12. Holiness, Sanity, and Missions

Appendix: Synoptic Harmony