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Mark 5:18-20
Friday, May 25 2012

Go and Tell the World...

When God works miracles in our lives, we must share the Good News with the world:

As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him. But he would not permit him but told him instead, "Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you." Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis what Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed.  -Mark 5:18-20, NAB

Stories of Jesus' miracles brought a number of different reactions.  Some feared Him.  Others ridiculed Him.  And, of course, there were those who followed Him.  Yet, many of the people simply did not want the trouble that it brang.  Still fearful, people asked the man possessed by Legion, the unclean spirits Jesus drove out earlier in Mark 5, to leave town.  As they tried to drive him out of town, we see in today's verse that he wanted to follow Jesus.
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When the man formerly possessed by Legion approached Jesus, he was told that he could not come with.  Why would Christ turn away this man?  Well, in part, so that he would tell his family and friends about the miracle Jesus had just performed.  Christ simply wanted him to be a witness.  In return for driving the evil spirits out this man's life, Jesus wanted him to share his story with the world.

Miracles are rare.  If they happened all of the time, then they wouldn't really be miracles.  So, then, when miracles do happen in our lives, we must run home to tell everyone about it.  God does not work miracles in our lives simply for our benefit, but for the benefit of others as well.  God expects us to become witnesses.  He expects us to tell everyone what happened in our lives.

We live in a dark, dreary world - a world that could use the light that miracles can bring.  Show the world the miracles that God has blessed you with.  Let everyone you know see the light of Christ in your life.  In a world full of heartbreak and loss, we could all use a little hope that God's miracles can bring.

 

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