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 NLT
Illustration of Mark 5:14-15 NLT —  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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Revelation 3:14-22
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • 2 Corinthians 3:17-18


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.