The Man from Gadera • Mark 5

I love this story. This guy was special to Jesus. He started out out as a man filled with over two thousand demons and ended up as the very first Christian preacher. What amazes me is that this man begged Jesus to follow Him, and it says “Jesus did not permit him.” You would think this guy was exactly the type of person Jesus would want for his group of disciples. Instead, Jesus had a specific task for him: “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you” (Mark 5:19). So he did. The chapter tells us that he didn’t stop at his family and friends, but he also went to all the towns in his area. Do you realize that the Lord has had compassion on you, and are you telling others about it?
-Joey Alcala, Assistant Pastor