What Jesus Did! 'On Strange Turf' — Mark 5:1-2

Friday, March 18, 2016

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.
— Mark 5:1-2 NLT
Illustration of Mark 5:1-2 NLT —  This man had an evil spirit {from the devil} living inside of him.

Key Thought

Jesus is taking his disciples to new places. This particular new place was strange. The "strangeness" had to do with what they would experience at this place. This includes an encounter with a demon-possessed man. Adding to this strangeness is the place they encounter him—near a cemetery where he lived among the tombs. If we watch the story carefully, the disciples appear to remain in the boat during this whole encounter between Jesus and this man. They weren't quite ready to take on this strange new world. Jesus is trying to teach them that he will go with them and empower them to do quite unbelievable things. The power of this experience will be one of those indelible memories they will carry with them as they face horrible challenges of their own—challenges orchestrated by the dark lord of demons. As the Lord leads us, he reminds us that we are a pilgrim people—always on the move toward God and away from the familiar and safe. Yet as he leads us into new places, new experiences, and new challenges, he also asks us to remember how he has been with us in the past and to be assured that he has already conquered the dark lord we so often fear.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, my Abba Father, give me the courage and strength to follow you wherever you lead me. I know that you have been at work to prepare me, but help me, dear Lord, to move past preparation into a time of fruitfulness. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 13:5-6
  • Romans 8:35-39
  • Philippians 3:12-15

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About This Devotional

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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