By Dan Richardson
Thursday, June 26, 2014
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“And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged Him that he might be with Him (Mark 5:17-18).”
There are two groups of people mentioned in the passage above. One group wants to be with Jesus and the other doesn’t. Let’s compare the reasons of both.
The formerly demon possessed man desires Jesus because He not only changed his life, Jesus saved him from certain death. Before, the man was controlled by the father of lies (John 8:44). Death held him. Life left him hopeless and bound. Though he could break chains, he couldn’t break the power of sin. No one was able to help him. His only company was a legion of demons which led him to do the things that brought pain and misery.
Jesus shows compassion towards the man. There is no power struggle as He confronts the legion of demons. The demons know it is time to leave and so they request another dwelling place. Once free from the demonic control, the man is now in his right mind. Everything is different. No more deception, no fear of death. Sin no longer has him bound. His new Friend is one for life. The love and pleasing Lordship of Jesus becomes the man’s deep desire.
On the other hand, the community wants Jesus out. Why? It’s because Jesus messed up their economics. The salvation of the demon possessed man cost around 2,000 pigs. That is a lot of pork. It happens often in the Bible. Eternal benefits demand temporal sacrifice.
While being shocked at the loss of investment, the people didn’t see the value of the man’s life. Pigs are replaceable, but a soul is not. When a person dies in their sins, he suffers the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord (2 Thessalonians 1:9).
The spiritual world of wickedness knows Jesus has more authority and power. Hence, Satan relies on the deceit of riches to draw many away from God. Today, we are reminded of the power of Christ and His compassion for souls. No one is too far gone to be rescued by God’s love and mercy. No sin debt exceeds the redeeming merit of Christ blood shed on the cross. There is no sin that Jesus can’t overcome.span>
Godly Heritage Quote of the Week
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.