Mark Has Some Good News, Part 19, Move Along, Move along Just To Make it Through

Mark 5:

Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon

1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.2 And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. 3 He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, 4 for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me." 8 For he was saying to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!" 9 And Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He replied, "My name is Legion, for we are many." 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, "Send us to the pigs; let us enter them." 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the pigs, and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and were drowned in the sea.
14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. 18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, "Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.


Rejection, fear, disapproval, three things that make me put my head down and brace. Jesus shows up does a miracle and gets asked to leave. He didn't come conquering like he could have. He didn't exercise the demons into a school of children He sent then into a bunch of pigs that they couldn't even eat!

And the asked him to leave, so He left. He finished his talk with the former demon party house and left. And he teaches us how to move along. He did not have to leave. Jesus could have used every bit of lordship he had to stay but he didn't. He could have used all authority he had but he didn't. He left when asked

And as I type this I know how desperately I need a savior who can do this not only in the country of the Gerasenes but my life. A savior who can help me move along. Pain hurts (I know news flash Mikey) but it's true and Jesus leaves.

But he doesn't leave all together. Most people miss it but he leaves something behind. He left change. Jesus knew the hearts that didn't care for that man with the legion of demons were cold with fear, rejection, and probably hate. So when they wouldn't listen to him He sent proof in the form of change. A man who was so feared because of his chain breaking terror now proclaimed the peace of Christ.

Proving if you would not listen to reason your last chance is listening to change.

So if you have to leave ask yourself where have I, and where can I leave change? And when do I move along? So listen to the inspiration of this post and if you have to leave.

Move along.