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Set Me Free!

So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. Mark 5:20

I've had a song on my mind for days, Set Me Free, on the Lifesong CD by Casting Crowns. The first time I heard it, I was easily caught up in the powerful instrumentation. There is something about an electric guitar and bass that can tap into some primeval part of us. Like a tribesman lost in the music dancing around a fire, this song carries me somewhere else.

However, no matter how many times I have heard it, the depth of the story Mark Hall is telling in this song has escaped me until this week.

I have always connected with the main theme of this song, to be set free from the dark ones, but this week I felt it. I could literally feel myself standing next to a man once plagued by a legion of demons begging Jesus to set him free. This song seems to be written from the perspective of man we read about in the book of Mark. He was set free from a life among the tombs - a life where others literally chained him like a wild animal - a life where he cut himself in hopes of releasing the pressure built up inside.

Sadly, I can relate to this man.

Have I ever lived in a cemetery? Or been chained hand and foot? Or cut myself?

No. But I have felt like I lived among the dead. I have felt bound by the chains of addiction to sin that wrapped around my very soul. I have longed to somehow release the pressure of a spirit that felt it might burst from the strangulation hold of the enemy.

From these, Jesus can free me. All I must do is ask.

The tough part about freedom, though, is what to do next.

The man freed from the legion of demons seemed to be unsure. And others who saw him were frightened. They knew the man as he once was. They knew he had been a mad man. But now, he was whole. He was sane. And they were frightened. Maybe he reminded them of themselves. If he could now be one of them, could they somehow become like the mad man he was?

This man begged to go with Jesus, but Jesus told him to stay - to go home and tell his story.

One of the most interesting aspects of this story isn't so much the fear people had for the man set free but the fear they had for Jesus Himself. They pleaded with Him to leave the region. A man with His power was more frightening than they could handle.

There are times that I wonder why Jesus doesn't simply show Himself to the lost. The truth is: the lost are often frightened by Him. A man with such power - to heal the sick and raise the dead - would also have the power to destroy. The lost, in truth, feel worthy of destruction.

Yet, the lost can understand the story of a man set free. There is hope in his words. If he can be freed from a legion of demons, so might I.

So the next time I feel like I would rather leave this world for the next - to be with Jesus Himself, I need to heed His words: "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." We all have a story to tell. It is a story of hope that can bring life to the lost.

Lord, help me to know what to say and when to say it. Help me to share my story of hope with a frightened world. You are so awesome. Help me to reflect Your glory in all that I do.


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