MUSINGS – October 07 2018


Mark 5:1-20
They arrived in the territory of the Gerasenes on the other side of the Sea of Galilee. As Jesus stepped out of the boat, a man came out of the tombs and met him. The man was controlled by an evil spirit and lived among the tombs. No one could restrain him any longer, not even with a chain. He had often been chained hand and foot. However, he snapped the chains off his hands and broke the chains from his feet. No one could control him. Night and day he was among the tombs and on the mountainsides screaming and cutting himself with stones. The man saw Jesus at a distance. So he ran to Jesus, bowed down in front of him, and shouted, “Why are you bothering me now, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won’t torture me.” He shouted this because Jesus said, “You evil spirit, come out of the man.” Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He told Jesus, “My name is Legion Six Thousand, because there are many of us.” He begged Jesus not to send them out of the territory. A large herd of pigs was feeding on a mountainside nearby. The demons begged him, “Send us into the pigs! Let us enter them!” Jesus let them do this. The evil spirits came out of the man and went into the pigs. The herd of about two thousand pigs rushed down the cliff into the sea and drowned. Those who took care of the pigs ran away. In the city and countryside they reported everything that had happened. So the people came to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons. The man was sitting there dressed and in his right mind. The people were frightened. Those who saw this told what had happened to the demon-possessed man and the pigs. Then the people began to beg Jesus to leave their territory. As Jesus stepped into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged him, “Let me stay with you.” But Jesus would not allow it. Instead, he told the man, “Go home to your family, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been to you.” So the man left. He began to tell how much Jesus had done for him in the Ten Cities. Everyone was amazed.

Isn’t this an amazing story? You’ve probably heard it before, if you’ve been in church long enough. So what can I tell that you don’t already know? You know that the demons came running to Jesus, addressed him as the Son of God, that they feared him because they knew he had the power to do with them as he pleased. You know that, after the man was freed, this foreign, non Jewish man begged to go with Jesus. However, Jesus sent him back into his own country to tell the story .. his gosple … to his own people.

But did you realize that this was the only reason Jesus crossed the sea?

This story actually began way back in Mark 4:35 when Jesus said, “Let’s cross to the other side.” That whole storm, that had the disciples so frightened during the night might well have been an attack by the god of this world* to keep Jesus from saving this tormented man.

But Jesus would not, could not, be stopped from this amazing act of grace. He crossed the raging sea for this one man. He never even left the shore. He came, he saved, he commissioned, and he left because he was needed elsewhere. (Stay tuned, there’s more to come.)

Jesus comes to each of us whereever we are. He came to seek and save the lost. (Luke 19:10)

*2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan, who is the god of this world.

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