If you haven't noticed by now, I've been spending time in the Gospel of Mark lately. I have no idea how many posts will come from this, but right now this is what God is teaching me, And that's what I write about.
Mark 5:1-20 is an account of Jesus restoring a demon-possessed man. A man with a legion of impure spirits who control him. He lives among the tombs. And nothing can control him.
I've read this so many times it can become easy for it to just become normal. Except it was anything but normal to those who witnessed it.
First, the impure spirits in this man know who Jesus is and identify Him. Then, to free the man from them, Jesus sends these impure spirits into a herd of pigs who run off the hillside and drown in the lake. When news gets back to the town about this, they come and see the man Jesus had driven the spirits out of sitting before Jesus, clothed and in his right mind.
What would the disciples have thought while they witnessed all of this?
What would the town people have thought when they arrived and saw the change in the man? What about it made them afraid (Mark 5:15)?
The more I reflect on this, the more I realize just how powerful Jesus is. He can change any life, no matter how far gone we may think it is. It's never too far gone for Jesus.
I'm sure most people had written off this man. They saw him as too far gone. Deemed him to be someone no one could help.
But not Jesus. Jesus saw someone who needed help. Someone He could help. Someone He could free. And, most importantly, He had the power to do it.
Someone may be beyond our ability, as humans, to help, but they are never beyond God's. No person is ever too far gone for Jesus to rescue and free them.
Our job, when feel like someone is too far gone, is to pray for them. To bring them to Jesus, so He can do the work.