Today you should read: Mark 5:1-20
Have you flipped through the pages of Mark? Man, you couldn’t come up with this stuff if your life depended on it! I am reminded today of 2 Timothy 3:16 which says that all Scripture is inspired by God! John 1:1 is also an amazing passage that causes me to reflect on the power and glory of God’s written Word!
When I read this passage, my first thought was: what in the world do I write about? This story is through-the-roof insane!
And then I had another thought…
The entire Bible is God’s story of how He is redeeming the world to Himself! Let’s really think through this idea. What does redemption mean?
Redemption: The action of being saved from sin and evil in the world.
Now, let’s think about this word and apply it to the entire Bible while reflecting back on our journey through Genesis and the beginning of our study in Mark. Think of how many people God has redeemed to Himself. Remember Abraham, Noah, and Joseph, just to name a few?
Now, let’s take a look at the demon-possessed man. This dude was certifiably crazy, off-the-wall, bonkers! He was so off-his-rocker that his home was in a tomb. Can you imagine? Picture you and your friends wanting to come over for pizza and me telling you that my address is 101 Graveyard Avenue – 10th head stone on the right. Not only did he live amongst the tombs, but the guy was constantly screaming and cutting himself with sharp objects.
Has this question ever crossed your mind: did the demon-possessed man have a family? Did he have children? Did he hold down a job near Market Garden Lane? I wonder if he was an intelligent man who enjoyed the occasional Greek triathlon and maybe hung out at the local vineyard. Put yourself back into his lifetime …would you have any hope for his redemption? Would you see any light at the end of the proverbial tunnel? This man’s life was overtaken by the enemy.
And yet, once again, who do we see engaging this demoniac? Jesus, who in my opinion, is one of the baddest (meaning tough, manly, and heroic) men who ever walked the planet! I mean, let’s get really honest – how many of us would take a stroll down Tomb Drive and hang out with the neighborhood demoniac? This is truly amazing!
Throughout scripture, we see Jesus Christ redeeming those who have lost all hope, those who are at the bottom and can see no light at the end of the tunnel. For me, this passage serves as a reminder that before I met Christ there was absolutely no good in me – there was nothing in me that desired Christ. However, in His grace and love, He plucked me from the dominion of darkness and placed me in the dominion of light (Colossians 1:13). Now the rest of my life will be spent hating and fighting sin and living life to bring Him glory just as the man did when he was set free from the demons!
My prayer for you who identify yourselves as true Christ followers is that you would be like the man proclaiming all the miraculous things Christ has done in your life. The unbeliever can try to refute the Bible, but they cannot argue about what God Himself has done in your life! Be bold and be courageous! Our Dad owns the planet and everything that walks on it!
Posted by: Zach Monroe