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Transformed by Christ

November 10th, 2019

Minoh International Church
Pastor Joseph Ricohermoso
Luke 8:35 NIV
ルカによる福音書 8:35


And the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.

Luke 8:35


ルカによる福音書 8:35

A man who was possessed of demons met up with Jesus Christ and the demons were cast into some nearby pigs who went wild and ran in a suicide rush into the sea that was close by.

The owners were upset about this because they lost their business with the hogs which was a forbidden business for the Jews.

So they came out to see what was going on and lo and behold, they found the demon possessed man, who had caused much disturbance to everyone, completely changed. He had met up with Jesus and this resulted in the transformation of his life.

The application is when we do evangelism (preach the good news) we believe that God will cause souls to be saved. When you receive Jesus as your Savior, you will be changed.

We note four (4) of these changes in this man whom the Lord Jesus had cast out demons.

  • Change #1: RESTING

“Sitting.” It is a picture of rest. This is a new posture for the man. Before Christ cast out the demons from the man, the man was constantly roaming about the tombs and mountains and wilderness day and night. But Christ gave the man a rest he did not have.

Christ speaks of this soul rest when He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28


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One of the characteristics of sin is restlessness.

But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

Isaiah 57:20-21


イザヤ書 57:20-21

But when Christ enters one’s life, He will bring a rest for the soul that the world cannot give.

  • Change #2: RESPECT

“Sitting at Jesus’ feet.” Before the man was delivered from the demons, he wanted nothing to do with Christ. The demon speaking through him said:

“What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!”

Luke 8:28

ルカによる福音書 8:28

But after Christ changed his life, the man now greatly respected and revered the Lord. Animosity towards Christ ends with redemption.

People who get saved have a change in attitude towards a lot of things especially spiritual things. Profanity goes. Dirty jokes end. The Bible is now a very open book to them. No one changes a life for good, better than Jesus Christ does.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

II Corinthians 5:17


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  • Change #3: ROBED

“Dressed.” Before Christ came to this man, he “wore no clothes.” This robing of the man pictures the righteous robe of salvation (Isaiah 61:10) and also pictures the improvement in morals of a person when he or she gets saved.

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Isaiah 61:10


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  • Change #4: RATIONAL

“In his right mind.” Satan would have people think that to follow Christ is crazy, unintelligent, and stupid.

In reality, when this man was possessed by demons, he acted insane. When Christ came into his life and changed it dramatically, the man became rational, sane, and sober. Sin, not Christ, causes people to act foolish and irrationally.


The difference between evangelism and missions is largely one of geography. The harvest is at our doorstep as well as in fields across the ocean.

For the Gadarene demoniac, the lakeshore well became a church in which Jesus could present His salvation to a needy soul. From Him we learn that the Christian can witness anytime, anyplace. We cannot allow those opportunities to slip away.

Sometimes telling a story has as much effect on the teller as it does the listeners. Martin Buber, the Jewish philosopher, recalls: “My grandfather was lame. Once they asked him to tell a story about his teacher, and he related how his master used to hop and dance while he prayed. My grandfather rose as he spoke and was so swept away by his story that he himself began to hop and dance to show how the master had done. From that hour he was cured of his lameness.” When we tell the story of our Master, we too experience His power – the transforming power of our Lord Jesus Christ!!!