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Before And After
4/22/2014

And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to 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 5:18-19(NKJV)

When we visually witness something transpire, the truth of it will be etched into our minds, and it will often be our greatest proof in our testimony.  There are times when the mind is not willing to accept what the eyes are communicating, because of the previous information it has received.  This is where the mind must reconcile truth. 

For example, if we have physically seen and known of a particular person to be humble, kind, and peaceful, but then we hear testimony of them going crazy and committing some crime, it might be hard for us to reconcile what we have witnessed in person to what we are hearing.  Now if we were the eyewitnesses to both the good and bad actions of this person, we would have to reconcile what we have seen and conclude there had been a transformation in their character and demeanor. 

In the same way, if someone had been crazy at one point—even demon-possessed—but now they are peaceful and loving, one would again have to reconcile the transformation they’ve seen take place.   Such was the case with a demon-possessed man named Legion from the country of the Gadarenes.  This man had come in contact with Jesus, and the demons were commanded to leave him at once.  We’re told he was healed and freed from the bondage once enslaving him. 

When those people who knew Legion witnessed the transformation within his life, they were blown away.  They didn’t know how to reconcile what they were witnessing.  So in fear they asked Jesus to leave.   This man who was once naked and crazed made the decision to depart with Jesus as well, but Jesus told 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.”

I have to believe Jesus knew what was best.  He knew these people needed to see the before and after transformation in order to believe in his healing.  I have to believe many—if not all—would not have believed had they not seen with their own eyes.  It is the same for many of us as Christian men and women too; as we live a transformed life in Christ, many who knew us before will be confronted with the truth of who we are in Christ.  It is at this point we will be able to tell them what great things the Lord has done for us, and how He has had compassion on us. 

I want to encourage you today to think about this, so when you bump into someone who knew you prior to fully giving your life to God, you can shine brightly and tell him or her how Jesus healed you and is transforming your life. 

 STUDY QUESTION: According to Mark 5:18-19, what did Jesus tell the healed man when he wanted to leave his hometown area once being healed?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to allow others to see God’s transforming power in your life—to tell them and more importantly show them through selfless, and loving actions?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s allow God to shine brightly through us today.  Let’s tell and show others what Jesus has done for us. 

LET'S PRAY: Heavenly Father, thank You for saving us and for transforming us to be more like Jesus.  Help us today to continue to live for You, and to be a light unto others, especially those who knew us before we made Jesus Lord of our lives.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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