Going Home to Friends

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18As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled. Mark 5:18-20

Exiled to the grave yard, this man’s humanity was barely recognizable. Unbindable. Uncontainable. The man’s freedom among the tombs displayed his captivity to the demonic as he spent his days and nights crying out and cutting himself.

And then came Jesus.

Jesus, His divinity unrecognizable to many was seen by the demonic and they called out to Him.

And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”  Mark 5:6

It was a bad day for pigs, but a great day for this man. The herders and villagers were scared; they begged Jesus to leave. This man, restored in his health, begged to go with Jesus.

But Jesus sent him home to his friends.

Jesus commissioned him to tell his story. “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how he has had mercy on you.”

This warms my soul. Can you see it in your mind? The reunions. The incredulous looks. The questions. The amazement. The joy.

Go home.

To your friends.

And tell them how much the Lord has done for you.

How he has had mercy on you.

 

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