Responding to the Work of Jesus

In Mark 5:2-17 there is the account of Jesus healing a demon-possessed man. It is a dramatic story in which the man is healed and a herd of pigs are killed (the demons kill the pigs, not Jesus).

The people of the nearby town who are told of this miracle have two ways to respond:

1. In awe of Jesus’ power and authority, they could turn to him and follow him.

2. Out of fear of the unknown and the uncomfortable, they could reject Jesus and push him away.

They choose the later, insisting that Jesus leave them alone and not bother them any more (Mark 5:17). How sad.

I wonder, how often are we confronted with the work of God, but fearing the unknown or the uncomfortable, end up pushing him away?

A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 1,000-page website to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.

By Peter DeHaan

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