Showing posts with label exorcism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label exorcism. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Exorcism in the power of Christ


Luke 4:31-37

And Jesus went down to Capernaum –
a town in Galilee where He
taught the people on the Sabbath day,
and they were dazed by His teaching –
amazed by His Word
of power,
of authority.

And in the synagogue, a man
possessed
by an evil spirit
cried out with a terrible cry:
‘Oh, let us alone!
What have You to do with us?
We have nothing in common
with You, Jesus of Nazareth!
But we know Who You are –
the Holy One of God.’

Then Jesus commanded the spirit:
‘Be quiet! You are bound
to come out of him!’

And the demon threw the man down
to the floor but came out of him
without hurting him more!

Perplexed the people
turned to one another and asked:
‘What’s happening?
What’s happening?
What just happened here?
For with power and authority,
He commands hostile spirits,
and they come out and obey.’

After that, many say
word of Jesus traveled
quickly around the country.



©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, writer, and Bible reviewer, prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in the Gospel of Luke from online translations on Bible Gateway.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Poem on healings in Mark 5


Mark Five: Red Letter Edition

Come out, come out
wherever you are!
What is your name?

Go home to your friends

and tell them the things –
the merciful things –
the Lord has done.

Who touched My clothes?
You've touched the Son!
Now go, touched in peace.
You have been healed.

You have been healed
of all your fears.
Just trust in Me.

Why are you weeping?

Why do you cry?
The child isn't dead.
She's only sleeping.

Get up, little girl!

Go out in the world.
Go out and become
a young child again.

©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. This poem appeared earlier here and in Mary's book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jesus Christ exorcizes evil


Mark 1:22-27

The teachings of Jesus
astonished people,
for He did not sound like
their teachers of the law
but One with authority.

Then, in came a man who had
an unclean spirit that cried out:
‘What have we to do with You,
Jesus of Nazareth? Did You
come to destroy us now?
I know Who You are –
the Holy One of God!’

But Jesus commanded,
‘Silence!
Come out of this man!’

Throwing the man down
with a shriek,
the cruel spirits left.

The people shook with awe
and asked each other:
‘What just happened here?
He commands evil spirits
to obey, and they do!’



©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler – a Christian poet, writer, and lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church – prayer-a-phrased these verses in the Gospel of Mark from translations found on Bible Gateway.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Jesus heals a demoniac, an outcast, a death


Background: Today’s Gospel reading in Mark 5 gives a glimpse of the diverse healing through Jesus Christ. First He casts out a legion of demons that had made a man so violent even chains could not hold him! Freed from his life among tombs, the grateful man wants to follow Jesus but is told to go home and, like a missionary among friends, witness to what God has done for him. Undoubtedly the man’s powerful testimony prepared the way for the Gospel to be received in the Decapolis.

After crossing the sea by boat, Jesus is met by a crowd, including the leader of the local synagogue, Jairus, whose sick child lies near death. Before He can get to her, however, a woman whose illness makes her untouchable reaches out to touch the hem of Jesus’ robe, thinking this will cure her when no doctor could. Although people press all around Him, Jesus feels the woman’s touch and knows she, too, is healed.

During the delay, however, Jairus’ daughter dies. This report does not deter Jesus but does cause Him to put everyone out of the child’s room except her parents and His closest followers. Then, taking the hand of the dead child, Jesus tells the little girl to arise. And she does.


Mark Five: Red Letter Edition

Come out, come out
wherever you are!
What is your name?

Go home to your friends

and tell them the things –
the merciful things –
the Lord has done.

Who touched My clothes?
You've touched the Son!
Now go, touched in peace.
You have been healed.

You have been healed
of all your fears.
Just trust in Me.

Why are you weeping?

Why do you cry?
The child isn't dead.
She's only sleeping.

Get up, little girl!

Go out in the world.
Go out and become
a young child again.


©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. This unpublished poem is part of my current book project, Living with Bible People, in search of a publisher and based on today’s Daily Bible Reading in the Gospels.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Reluctant healing

Going north to Phoenicia, Jesus left Galilee –
going outside Jewish terrain –
going where no one knew Him,
going to a house that kept no secrets.

And a Syro-Phoenician woman found him
and fell at His feet
and begged Him to get rid of
the demon in her daughter,

But oh! They were Gentiles, and Jesus,
who only wanted –

needed –
rest and a quiet meal said:

“I must feed My family first
before feeding yours
like a puppy under the table!”

She knew this was true but snapped,
“Even the dogs get leftover scraps!”

Jesus could tell she had faith,
so He sent the woman home
to find her child healed
and resting well.


© 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, prayer-a-phrase of today’s Bible reading, Mark 7:24-30