What Jesus Did! 'They Knew They Were Whipped' — Mark 5:10-12

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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."
— Mark 5:10-12 NLT
Illustration of Mark 5:10-12 NLT — "Send us to the pigs. Let us go into them."

Key Thought

The evil spirits begged! While they overpowered the man and struck fear in the people who lived nearby, they begged Jesus! They knew they were doomed in the face of Jesus' power. Rather than face Jesus, a legion of demons versus one man of God, they begged to be sent into unclean pigs. Reminds me of an old song: "He signed my deed with his atoning blood. He ever lives to make his promise good. Though all the hosts of hell march in to make a second claim, they all march out at the mention of his name. ... Jesus!"

Today's Prayer

Holy God, forgive me for not drawing near to your Son when I faced temptations in the past. Please remind me to draw near to him when I am tempted in the future. Give me the courage, dear Father, to confess the name of Jesus and to know that even the mention of his name in faith has great power. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 10:32
  • James 4:5-8
  • Hebrews 2:14


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.