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Mark 5:1-20

February 15, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

“When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw him, ran to meet him, and bowed low before him. 7 With a shriek, he screamed, ‘Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the name of God, I beg you, don’t torture me!’ 8 For Jesus had already said to the spirit, ‘Come out of the man, you evil spirit.‘” v. 6-8 (NLT)

There is a powerful and interesting thing that happens when people meet Jesus.  This particular encounter is one of my favorites because it shows the Radical Life Changing power of Jesus.  This man, a social outcast, who cannot be restrained by chains any longer, walks around the burial caves and hills howling and cutting himself.  This guy was scary, I don’t see him being invited to many social gatherings.

However, this man has an encounter with Jesus!  Jesus looks beyond the physical and see the spiritual and transforms this man from the inside out.  The people didn’t know how to respond to this.  In, fact:

“the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away and leave them alone.”  v. 17 (NLT)

It’s interesting to me that people respond to Jesus in such different ways.  Many times people, hear about Jesus, see how He changes others from the inside out, but still want nothing to do with Him.  While others respond to what they have heard and seen and are willing to allow Him to change them from the inside out.

Today, how do you respond to Jesus? Are you letting Him transform you from the inside out?

Prayer: Father, help us see the spiritual not only the physical.  Help us to see our need for you first, so we can see how much others need you also.  Let us respond in faith, instead of fear so we can experience the radical life changing power of Jesus. Let our story and life be a testimony so others can see the power of Jesus and be open to what He could do in theirs also!

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