Meeting Jesus - by Peter Norris

“Clothed and in his right mind” – Luke 8:35

When I was reading Luke 8 recently, this phrase stood out to me: “...they found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind.”

It stopped me in my tracks and got me thinking. Being clothed and being in one’s right mind are simple states of being that we take for granted. But they are not easily come by.

We may not be possessed by demons like this man was, but he symbolises our state before and after meeting Jesus.

Without Jesus, we are ‘naked’. We’re exposed to the evil influences of the world and have no protection against them.

Deep down we feel shame at our nakedness. We don’t want to be exposed for who we truly are.

When Jesus meets us, He deals with our state of mind and our state of being.

He takes away our shame and clothes us with righteousness. Not just any righteousness but His perfect righteousness.
He now protects us both from the evil powers of the world and God’s wrath to come.

He sets our mind straight by revealing Himself to us as the kind and gracious Lord of our lives. We don’t need to fear Him, only trust Him and know that He works for our good.

Be thankful today for these simple things: you are clothed and in your right mind. And it’s Jesus who has made you that way and will keep you that way.

Your brother in Christ,