Today’s reading from Mark 5:17-20 offers a pretty clear choice to us. Listen to what it tell us:
And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And 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.” And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.
In this, we see two “people,” if you will. We first see the man who was healed from demon possession. He had been plagued for many years by these demons, to the point that when Jesus found him, he was literally naked in a grave yard.
Jesus came to him, healed him, brought him back to sanity. Jesus literally gave him back his life. Now this man who was an outcast, that was not a part of the community, that was cast out, that was nothing, now he was whole again.
So, he goes out and tells people about what Jesus has done.
So, the town comes to see this Jesus that has healed this man. And when the see Jesus, see His power, His might, who He is, they do this. The ask Him to leave. They tell Him to get away. They want nothing to do with Him.
He is scary. He is different. They are comfortable. They don’t want it.
And so, today, that’s our choice. Who will we be? Will we be the man, changed by Jesus, that can’t wait to tell others about Him, in every way possible?
Or will we be the crowd, that asks Jesus to leave, because we may not want to do what He may ask of us?
Today, we have a choice. Today, what will we choose?
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