What Jesus Did! 'Frightened?' — Mark 5:14-15

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The men that had the work of caring for the pigs ran away. The men ran to the town and to the farms. They told all the people what happened. The people went out to see what happened. The people came to Jesus. They saw the man that had the many evil spirits. The man was sitting and was wearing clothes. He was in his right mind again. The people were afraid.
— Mark 5:14-15
Illustration of Mark 5:14-15 —  The people were afraid.

Key Thought

Let's be honest. Most people don't believe that an old dog can learn new tricks, that a leopard can change his spots, or that people can really change. When they find someone that has been truly and dramatically changed, they are at first curious and then they are frightened. It's as if each person thought to himself or to herself, "If he has the power to change someone so radically bad or under the control of evil, what kind of changes might he bring in someone like me?" Jesus does bring change ... real change ... transformational change ... good change. So we must ask ourselves, "Do I want to change? Do I want Jesus to have his way with me?" You see, change is scary! So, dear friend, be assured that if you invite Jesus into your world and offer him control of your life, change awaits! But don't be afraid! This change is for your good ... forever.

Today's Prayer

O Father in heaven, please unleash Jesus' power in my life to change me in ways that drive out the evil, the bad, and the influence of Satan while unleashing the power of your Holy Spirit that brings about the fruit of your righteousness. In the name of the Lord Jesus I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus and his followers went across the lake to the area where the Gerasene people lived. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man came to him from the caves where dead people are buried. This man had an evil spirit {from the devil} living inside of him. This man lived in the burial caves. No person could tie him. Even chains could not keep this man tied. Many times people had used chains to tie the man's hands and feet. But the man broke the chains on his hands and feet. No person was strong enough to control him. Day and night the man walked around the burial caves and on the hills. The man would scream and cut himself with rocks. While Jesus was far away, the man saw him. The man ran to Jesus and bowed down before him. Jesus said to the man, "You evil spirit, come out of that man." So the man shouted with a loud voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you to promise to God that you will not punish me!" Then Jesus asked the man, "What is your name?" The man answered, "My name is Legion, because there are many spirits inside me." The spirits inside the man begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of that area. A large herd of pigs was eating on a hill near there. The evil spirits begged Jesus, "Send us to the pigs. Let us go into them." So Jesus allowed them to do this. The evil spirits left the man and went into the pigs. Then the herd of pigs ran down the hill and into the lake. All the pigs were drowned. There were about 2,000 pigs in that herd. The men that had the work of caring for the pigs ran away. The men ran to the town and to the farms. They told all the people what happened. The people went out to see what happened. The people came to Jesus. They saw the man that had the many evil spirits. The man was sitting and was wearing clothes. He was in his right mind again. The people were afraid. Some people were there and saw what Jesus did. These people told the other people what happened to the man that had the demonsliving in him. And they also told about the pigs. Then the people began to beg Jesus to leave their area. Jesus was preparing to leave in the boat. The man that was freed from the demons begged to go with Jesus. But Jesus did not allow the man to go. Jesus said, "Go home to your family and friends. Tell them about all the things the Lord did for you. Tell them that the Lord was good to you." So the man left and told the people in the Ten Towns about the great things Jesus did for him. All the people were amazed.

Mark 5:1-20

Related Scripture Readings

"Write this to the angel of the church in Laodicea: "The Amen is the One saying these things {to you}. He is the faithful and true witness. He is the ruler of all that God has made. This is what he says: I know what you do. You are not hot or cold. I wish that you were hot or cold! But you are only warm—not hot, not cold. So I am ready to spit you out of my mouth. You say you are rich. You think you have become wealthy and don't need a thing. But you don't know that you are really terrible, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy gold from me—gold made pure in fire. Then you can be truly rich. I tell you this: Buy clothes that are white. Then you can cover your shameful nakedness. I also tell you to buy medicine to put on your eyes. Then you can truly see. "I correct and punish those people that I love. So start trying hard! Change your hearts and lives! Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If a person hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person. And that person will eat with me. "I will let every person that wins the victory sit with me on my throne. It was the same with me. I won the victory and sat down with my Father on his throne. Every person that hears these things should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches."

Revelation 3:14-22

If any person is in Christ, then that person is made new. The old things have gone; everything is made new!

2 Corinthians 5:17

The Lord is the Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And our faces are not covered. We all show the Lord's glory. We are being changed to be like him. This change in us brings more and more glory. This glory comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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