Mark – The Facts.
When was the last time something incredible happened to you? Think about the moment. Was it on a vacation to another state or country? Was it on a mission trip? Was it a visit to family or friends many miles away? When, what, where and how did it happen? Was it life changing? Is it still transforming you way of thinking today? Whew, lots of questions, but think about it.
Now, that you have it in your mind, think about what you did immediately following this experience. Did you keep quiet and not tell anyone? I suspect you took a selfie, facebooked it and told the world about it! We don’t usually keep quiet about life altering experiences, especially if they are great and good for us!
There was a man whose life was changed by the Master. He wanted to stay with Jesus, but Jesus told him to go home and tell them his story of what Jesus did for him. Because he obeyed, many in the highly populated area called the Ten Towns heard about the saving mercy and grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ. “He was the talk of the town.”
Mark 5, The Message
5 1-5 They arrived on the other side of the sea in the country of the Gerasenes. As Jesus got out of the boat, a madman from the cemetery came up to him. He lived there among the tombs and graves. No one could restrain him—he couldn’t be chained, couldn’t be tied down. He had been tied up many times with chains and ropes, but he broke the chains, snapped the ropes. No one was strong enough to tame him. Night and day he roamed through the graves and the hills, screaming out and slashing himself with sharp stones.
6-8 When he saw Jesus a long way off, he ran and bowed in worship before him—then bellowed in protest, “What business do you have, Jesus, Son of the High God, messing with me? I swear to God, don’t give me a hard time!” (Jesus had just commanded the tormenting evil spirit, “Out! Get out of the man!”)
9-10 Jesus asked him, “Tell me your name.”
He replied, “My name is Mob. I’m a rioting mob.” Then he desperately begged Jesus not to banish them from the country.
11-13 A large herd of pigs was browsing and rooting on a nearby hill. The demons begged him, “Send us to the pigs so we can live in them.” Jesus gave the order. But it was even worse for the pigs than for the man. Crazed, they stampeded over a cliff into the sea and drowned.
14-15 Those tending the pigs, scared to death, bolted and told their story in town and country. Everyone wanted to see what had happened. They came up to Jesus and saw the madman sitting there wearing decent clothes and making sense, no longer a walking madhouse of a man.
16-17 Those who had seen it told the others what had happened to the demon-possessed man and the pigs. At first they were in awe—and then they were upset, upset over the drowned pigs. They demanded that Jesus leave and not come back.
18-20 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the demon-delivered man begged to go along, but he wouldn’t let him. Jesus said, “Go home to your own people. Tell them your story—what the Master did, how he had mercy on you.” The man went back and began to preach in the Ten Towns area about what Jesus had done for him. He was the talk of the town.
Think about it…what do we learn from Jesus?
–Sometimes we go and sometimes we stay to tell the story of Jesus. Some of us are missionaries and some of us stay home to tell. Obedience is key. What is God asking of you today?
–Jesus still has mercy on us, heals, restores and sends us to tell others.
–Others will criticize the way God works in your life and in the lives of others. Obey still.
–When it’s time to leave. Leave.
–Jesus still has power over demons. If you have inside voices that bring you down and cause you to lose confidence in Christ, pray in Jesus Name for these voices to leave. They will. Jesus still controls and commands evil to leave. The Holy Spirit will then fill your heart, mind and soul of cleansing, restoring, wonderful thoughts of love, mercy and grace once more. You cannot do this alone. With Christ, all thoughts can be captured whose mind is fixed and stayed on Him.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for saving my soul. Thank you for giving me restoration after the battles with evil in my own life. Thank you for alerting me to danger and rescuing me before I even knew I needed it. Thank you for protection and confidence in You. With you, all things are possible. You are God and i am not.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.