October 24

Written by Bill Grandi on October 24th, 2019

My title for this devotion is Meeting Jesus vs Rejecting Jesus.

I’ve always been intrigued by and enjoyed reading the story of the Gadarene demoniac in Mark 5. I read it again this morning.  And once again I was captivated by its lessons.

  • This man was so strong, so “possessed,” that nothing could keep him chained. Call him the Hulk; call him the Mummy; call him the Werewolf; call him uncontrollable.

Then he meets Jesus…

  • The demons that controlled him found themselves face to face with the greatest force they had ever met and then found themselves laying flat on the ground at the feet of Jesus crying out not to be tormented.

Then he saw Jesus’ power…

  • They were cast out of the man and into a herd of pigs. I’ve always found that interesting. What were Jews doing with a herd of pigs?

Then he received Jesus’ healing…

  • The people heard about the pigs and came to see what all the commotion was about. The man was clothed and in his right mind. Can you imagine the looks on their faces when they saw this man no longer a madman but sitting at the feet of Jesus and in his right mind?  But…but…but…

Then he received Jesus’ words…

  • Jesus was leaving and he wanted to go with Him. Who wouldn’t? Especially after what Jesus had done for him. But it was not to be. Jesus told him to stay at home and tell the people how much He had done for him and how He had mercy on him. He does exactly that. (v.20)

This changed man did what all changed people-including me-are to do. Tell how and WHO changed my life.  The most powerful testimony is the changed life. “I once was blind but now I see.”

“Father, I have been changed by You. Your love. Your mercy. Your grace.  My response should be the same as this man-go and tell. Help me to do just that-to tell of all you have done and of Your mercy which has been shown to me.” 


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    Radical change, radical response… Don’t be silent, thanks for the reminder this morning!

  2. Bill, I chuckled at the part about the pigs. I never questioned what you did. But, now that you shared your question, I wonder as well…hmmmm…

    May we all continuously tell what our Jesus has done for us.

  3. I’ve always loved this story, too, Bill. Jesus is the only One who can transform our monstrous natures into loving, forgiving people. I’ve thought, too, that this man was one of the first evangelists – I wonder how many hearts were changed by his testimony?
    And the pigs? I just assumed that folks in these parts were NOT Jewish. If so, then maybe the healed man was spreading the word to both Jews and Gentiles alike. Something to ponder, anyway.

  4. floyd says:

    I love that story too. Not to that extent, but we’re all changed. We’re changed here and where we spend eternity. It’ll be pretty cool to meet that guy!