Go Home and Tell Everybody

He was the picture of torment.  “Day and night he wandered among the burial caves and in the hills, howling and cutting himself with sharp stones.”  From a slice of history, this man is not unlike some anguished people today.  It may be mental illness, it may be something amiss in the spiritual nature, or perhaps it is the effects of years of drug or alcohol abuse and the tragic choices that tend to accompany the lifestyle.  Insomnia was his constant companion.  He was indeed miserable and without a sense of hope, and people were afraid of him.  Even those with a touch of compassion didn’t know how to deal with him, so alone he stayed.  Cut off from the warmth of social contact, finding strange familiarity among the tombs, and injuring himself.  Some say cutting eases the pain.  But more pain comes as a result.  In every conceivable sense, he was a mess.

And then it happened.  Jesus found him and dealt with his issues.  Jesus was not afraid of his condition or appalled at his choices.  Jesus showed tremendous compassion, dealt with the man’s heart and healed that which was terrible injured, physically, mentally and spiritually.  And that’s how Jesus works.  By the time the bystanders encountered the man they found him described as “fully clothed and perfectly sane.”  In fact the change was so dramatic that the bystanders became afraid, because they knew this was beyond human.  It was miraculous.   

Jesus then had to leave, for He had much to accomplish.  The man who had just been through a remarkable transformation begged to go along with Jesus, but Jesus gave the man something of his own to accomplish.  “Go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful He has been (from Mark 5, NLT).”  

Even when we make bad choices…God is the compassionate Heavenly Father ever searching for His wayward children.  Be saved, be healed, be transformed.  Go home and tell everybody.     

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