Jesus said, “Go home to your people and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, how you received mercy” (Eyewitness Mark 5:19).
Eyewitness: PP. 89-91
In Your Bible: Matthew 8:23-34; Mark 4:35-5:20; Luke 8:22-39
The disciples and Jesus had just sailed across the lake (where Jesus rebuked the storm with 3 words – “Peace be still” [Eyewitness Mark 4:9]). They landed their boat at Gardarenes, near Galilee. Immediately two men possessed with evil spirits, ran up to Jesus as he climbed out of the boat.
One of these two possessed men was homeless, naked, and lived in the graveyard away from everyone in the nearby town. Chains could not restrain this violent man who cut himself with stones and cried out in torment. When he came to Jesus he knelt and worshipped him. Jesus commanded the many evil spirits to leave this man.
A discussion arose between the evil spirits in this man and Jesus. There were so many in this man that they called themselves “Legion.” They begged Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit. They desired to remain in some kind of body form and asked to inhabit the herd of pigs. Jesus allowed it with a simple word “Go.”
The evil spirits entered the pigs, who quickly ran into the sea and drowned. Those tending the pigs, saw what happened and hurried to tell the townspeople. They too saw the tormented man sitting at Jesus’ feet, clothed, calm and in his right mind. Overcome with fear, the crowd begged Jesus to leave.
The man delivered from these many evil spirits appealed to Jesus to let him go with him. Instead, Jesus gave the man a task in his town – spread the good news. “No,” Jesus said, “Go home to your people and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, how you have received mercy” (Eyewitness Mark 5:19).
TELLING OF JESUS’ MERCY
The man obeyed Jesus and gave his testimony in Decapolis (the ten cities nearby) telling what Jesus had done for him. He had heard the evil spirits proclaim that Jesus was the Son of the most High God. He knew he’d received not only healing but also mercy. What an eyewitness to the Master this man became! He was one of the first to proclaim Jesus’ mercy.
Application: Even evil spirits knew Jesus to be the Son of God and obeyed the Master. The man delivered couldn’t wait to spread the good news of what Jesus did for him. What has Jesus done for you? Are you spreading the Good News?
Prayer: Father, you have the power to overcome evil and to change lives. Your words are the strength we live by.