Please Leave!

In Mark 5, Jesus released a demented man from the presence of multiple demons. News spread quickly; a crowd arrived. Did they come to rejoice? For the most part, if not altogether, they didn’t! In fact, they were afraid! Even today, many do not understand the change in lives that are delivered from spiritual bondage. It’s a threat to their lifestyle and interests. If someone suggests their need of deliverance, they are usually quick to say that they are not interested. It’s not unusual to hear: “Leave me alone; don’t talk to me about this.” This is what Jesus encountered in Mark 5:14-17: “And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. And they began to pray Him to depart out of their coasts.” They checked Jesus out and essentially said, “Please leave.” Not everyone, however, wanted to get rid of Jesus. We read in Verses 18-20, the reaction of the man who was saved: “And when He was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed Him that he might be with Him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.” in other words, tell what Jesus has done for those of us who are born again. Lord willing, we’ll find out later what this man’s testimony accomplished. William A. Ogden’s hymn, “Go and Tell the Story,” speaks to this: “Go and tell the story to thy friends to-day, how the Lord of glory met thee on thy way; how He cleansed thy spirit from the stain of sin, driving out the foe who reigned thy heart within. Go and tell the story, of His pow’r to save, of the sinful “Legion” sunk beneath the wave; tell of His compassion, of His love so true, of the wondrous things the Lord hath done for you. Go and tell the story, tell it far and wide, how the Lord of glory for the sinner died; and the soul that hears it, and in faith believes, straightway he the cleansing from the Lord receives.” Selah! Jesus cleans the inside of the cup, as well as the outside!   Ron

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