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Jesus, please leave!

Scripture reading for October 15th: Mark 4-7

We who love Jesus can’t envision asking Him to depart from us!  And Jesus wants to be with us as well!  He came to earth to seek out and save lost people.  (Luke 19:10)  In our reading today, Jesus was on a mission that required crossing the Sea of Galilee with His disciples to find a very lost person.

After ministering to a crowd all day, Jesus told His disciples that they should go to the other side of the lake.  They got in boats and Jesus got in the stern, found a cushion and went to sleep.  As they crossed the lake in the night, a furious wind arose that threatened to swamp the boat.  The disciples excitedly woke Jesus, pleading for help.  Jesus rebuked the wind and waves and a calm suddenly fell upon them.    He chastened them for their fear and lack of faith.  (Mark 4:35-41)

When they got across the lake, a man with an evil spirit came from among some tombs to meet Jesus.  He had chains on his hands and feet and looked like a madman.  As He saw Jesus, he ran to Him and fell on his knees begging not to be tortured.  The man’s name was “Legion” because of the large number of demons in him.  As Jesus rebuked the evil spirits,  they entered a herd of over  2000 pigs, causing them to rush over a cliff into the sea and drown!

The man was delivered, set free from the bondage, and in his right mind!  (Mark 4:14-17)   The people of the region, who depended on the pigs for their sustenance, were terrified and angry.  They came to Jesus and asked Him to leave their region.  Mark records that Jesus got into the boat to leave, and the delivered man asked to come along.  Jesus sent him back to tell others in the region what the Lord had done for him.

As we reflect on this story, we are first reminded of how Jesus loves and cares for His own disciples.  He’s always with us, even when we think He might be sleeping!  Second, Jesus loves to find someone who needs help.   He will go through water, storm, and forces of hell to reach a needy soul.  Last, those who are into themselves are threatened by Jesus’ presence.  May the Lord give us more insight into His marvelous grace!

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