Wednesday, July 23, 2014

+DEV+ Status Quo

Date: July 23, 2014 2:02 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Status Quo

Status Quo

“When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons ... in his right mind; and they were afraid … then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region." Mark 5:15, 17

Scripture Focus: Mark 5:1-20

People respond in different ways to a display of power. Some are drawn to it while others run away in fear. Some are intimidated; others want it for themselves.

The people of the Gerasenes knew of a powerful, demon-possessed man living among the tombs. They had tried, and failed, to restrain his super-human strength.

Then the demoniac came face to face with Jesus Christ. Demonic power was no match for the power of the Son of God. Jesus sent the demons into a herd of pigs which then drowned in the lake.

While the demoniac was happy to be the recipient of Jesus' power, the people asked Jesus to leave. Were they fearful of a power greater than demons? Or were they unhappy that He had killed two thousand pigs - animals they shouldn't have had anyway, according to the Mosaic Law? The healing had cost them their livelihood.

The people preferred Jesus' power to be absent from them rather than allow it to change them. They preferred the status quo, even if it meant a man would be plagued by demons.

Insight: How has the power of God's word made you uncomfortable? Allow the powerful truths of God's word to change you, even if it means discomfort.

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