Story Telling – Disciples and Demons

Matthew 8

Jesus is with his disciples in a boat crossing the lake. A storm comes. His disciples panic; Jesus is asleep. The disciples wake Jesus up and he calms the storm. The disciples are amazed.

Arriving at the other side of the lake Jesus meets two violent demon-possessed men. Jesus engages with the men; Jesus sends their demons into a herd of pigs that rush into the lake and drown. The men are healed; Jesus is asked to leave.

Story-summary, Sermon-outline

  • Disciples/demons – Jesus is first with scared disciples and then violent demons
  • Desperation – Both disciples and demon-possessed men are desperate; they are facing forces and fears that are outside their control.
  • Demonstration – Jesus demonstrates his power over physical, mental and spiritual powers and forces.
  • Deliverance – Disciples and men are delivered as the storm is calmed and the men are healed.

Lightbulb Moment

I realised these four headings form the classic structure of a story telling: setting, conflict, climax, resolution….

So in these stories:

Story Telling

  • Setting – Jesus and his disciples are in a boat crossing the lake
  • Conflict – The storm comes, the disciples are petrified, Jesus is asleep.
  • Climax – The disciples wake Jesus up: ‘Lord save us. We’re going to drown!’ Can Jesus do anything? Will he do anything?
  • Resolution – Jesus calms the storm; the disciples are amazed: ‘What’s going on here? Winds and waves obey him!’
  • Setting – They arrive on the other side of the lake; they are met by two men
  • Conflict – These two demon-possessed madmen terrorise the neighbourhood. Spirits in the men oppose the spirit of Jesus.
  • Climax – The men scream at Jesus. How will Jesus respond? Can the men change?
  • Resolution – Jesus confronts the demons, sending them out of the men and into the pigs. The pigs run into the lake and drown; a mob forms and demands that Jesus leaves.

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