280. I can’t believe how fast we are closing in on the end of our journey this year. Let’s read together: Mark 5:1-20, Matthew 8:28-34, Luke 8:26-39, Mark 5:21-43, Matthew 9:18-26, and Luke 8:40-56. Is the Lord revealing anything new to you today?
I ruined the surprise yesterday, but it was so hard to leave us hanging mid-sentence like that! Here we are:
“they came to the other side” Mark 5:1
They made it, they all made it, just as Jesus said!
As soon as they reached the shore, though, they came immediately to a problem: a demon possessed man. Remember, a victory is not a stopping point – it’s a jumping off point.
I notice that the demon begged to STAY (5:10) and the delivered man begged to GO (5:18). The devil wants to keep you where you are – but when you are delivered, Jesus wants to take you to new places.
“And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.’ And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.” Mark 5:18-20
In the obedience of the delivered man, people marveled. Are you in such obedience to the Lord that people marvel at the Lord? Our purpose is to point others to Jesus.