Kuasa Yesus Yang Mengubahkan

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Lukas 8:26-39 | Pdt. Erick Kartawijaya

Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon (Listen)

26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” 29 For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) 30 Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. 31 And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. 32 Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. 33 Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned.

34 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. 35 Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 36 And those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed man had been healed. 37 Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.

Yesus dan murid-muridNya tiba di Gerasa, di seberang Galilea, di daerah orang bukan Yahudi. Saat mendarat, datang seorang laki-laki yang dirasuki oleh setan-setan (Legion). Kejadian ini menyatakan bahwa setan ada dan memiliki kuasa (v.27-33). Tapi setan-setan mengenal dan takluk kepada Yesus.

Dengan kuasa-Nya, Yesus bukan hanya menyelamatkan, tetapi juga mengubah hidup orang yang diselamatkanNya. Apa sajakah perubahan itu?

1. Dulu dikuasai sekarang bebas
Orang yang dirasuk/dikuasai setan tak bisa melakukan kehendak sendiri, tidak dapat memilih, meski memiliki kekuatan luar biasa. Dalam dosa, sesungguhnya semua manusia berada di bawah kuasa si jahat (1Yohanes 5:19). Setelah diselamatkan, orang itu bebas memilih, dia kembali berpakaian, menguasai diri (waras), dan ada bersama Tuhan (v.35; Roma 6:22; 12:2; Galatia 3:27).

2. Dulu terhalau sekarang memiliki relasi
Saat dikuasai setan, dia dihalau ke kuburan, tempat orang mati. Relasinya dengan Tuhan dan manusia terputus. Setelah dia diselamatkan, relasinya dengan Tuhan dipulihkan. Dia ingin ada dekat Yesus dan makin mengenalNya (v.35,38; Roma 5:10). Hal ini kontras dengan setan atau penduduk Gerasa yang tahu, tapi menjauhi bahkan mengusir Yesus (v.32-33,37). Relasi orang itu dengan sesamapun dipulihkan. Dia pulang dan memberitakan tentang Yesus ke seluruh kota (v.39; Efesus 2:14).

3. Dulu tak berguna sekarang menjadi saksi
Saat dikuasai setan, orang itu terbuang, tidak berguna, semua menjauhinya. Setelah diselamatkan, dia diutus menjadi saksi Tuhan, untuk menceritakan apa yang Tuhan perbuat atas dirinya (v.39); karena Yesus telah meninggalkan Gerasa. Kita juga diutus menjadi saksi Tuhan untuk menceritakan apa yang Tuhan perbuat atas kita (1Petrus 2:9).

Bila anda telah mendengar/mengenal Yesus, sudahkah anda diselamatkanNya? Sudahkah hidup anda diubahkan: dibebaskan dari kuasa si jahat, memiliki relasi yang dipulihkan dengan Tuhan dan sesama? Sudahkah anda menjadi saksi atas segala yang telah diperbuatNya?

Ringkasan kotbah Pdt. Erick Kartawijaya, tanggal 13 Januari 2019