March 8, 2015

Mark 5_19(1)

Mark 5:1-20

Jesus, having calmed the storm, finally steps onto solid ground. There is no welcoming committee, no balloons and no banners. Instead, he is met by a wild and untamed man who is yelping and shrieking, bleeding and reeking. This was no Tarzan from the jungle, but a tormented man from the graveyard. Not a hero, but a victim possessed by an army of demons. Still, our Lord Jesus is not intimidated. In military precision he annihilates them.

The people watching this from the outskirts were afraid. Some run away in fear, others revolt and beg Jesus to leave. The man, now gentle and approachable, calm and assembled, healed and cleansed; however, yearns to follow Jesus. Instead, he hears his Savior’s last command, “Go home and tell them how much the Lord has done for you.” Through Jesus, he is reintegrated into his family, community, and builds new friendships.

Jesus sees us for who we really are, broken and plagued, deeply in need of a Savior. He knows the sins that haunt us and the inner workings of our mind and soul. He is not intimidated. Instead he brings healing, forgiveness and a chance to start fresh. There’s nothing to fear.

Prayer: Jesus, Son of the Most High, we worship and glorify you. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Heidi Punt, Pastor of Christ United Lutheran Church in Granite Falls, NC.

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