Mark 5:18-20 – 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.
Jesus changes lives, that’s what He does. From the paralytic who danced for joy to the woman who washed His feet with her tears; the touch of God changes lives. The beautiful thing about redemption is the continued effect that it has on the world. Can you imagine the people in Decapolis (ten cities) that heard this ex-demonized man telling his story. His testimony was irrefutable, everyone knew about the wild, crazy guy chained up in the cemetery. Now he was a preacher, his story effected a whole region. That’s exactly how it is today. Take the Mary’s Song Ministry for example. Young women whose lives were miserably destroyed by bad choices now have smiles bright enough to light up the room. Their families (many who had given up on them) are amazed and bewildered at their changed lives. Again, redemption doesn’t stop with the first recipient, its effects echo throughout their world. Here are some thoughts from John Gill on today’s passage.
“And all men did marvel; at the power of Jesus, at the miracle wrought by him, and the benefit the man had received, who they all knew had been in so deplorable a condition. It is not only marvelous to the persons themselves, for whom great things are done by the Lord; but it is amazing to others, to angels and men, when it is considered who they are, on whose account they are wrought; great sinners, very unworthy of such high favors, yea, deserving of the wrath of God, and of eternal damnation; and likewise, who it is that has done these things for them, the Lord of heaven and earth; he against whom they have sinned, and is able both to save, and to destroy; he who is the great God, is their Savior; to which may be added, the consequence of these things, they issue in everlasting glory and happiness.”
Have you experienced the redeeming touch of the Lord in your life? If so, let your light shine in your world. Your story is meant to change your world.