some wretch in Baghdad

Thursday June 16th, Luke 8:  26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?  The disciples didn’t get it, the religious leaders didn’t get it, and even John the Baptist sent a message asking if Jesus was the one or if he should wait for another. It was the poor naked, demon-possessed man in the unclean foreign land that got the fact that Jesus was the Son of the Most High.  Sometimes you wonder if Jesus were to come back today, if the church would get it, or if it would be some wretch in Baghdad, Beijing or Mogadishu to say, truly you are the son of God. Perhaps we should start seeing these wretches as the children of God, as well as our brothers and sisters now.  Perhaps that would be a step toward that maturity Paul talks about in Galatians.  


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