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Thursday, December 4, 2014

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The issue of witnessing for God is highlighted in the story of the demoniac recorded in Mark 5: 1-20. Mark and Luke describe one demon-possessed man, but Matthew refers to two, as does Ellen White.  Of the two, one of them was more aggressive and ready to attack Jesus.  

In this experience, Jesus was confronted by two wild men. They were so devil-possessed “the very likeness of humanity seemed to have been blotted out by the demons that possessed them, and they looked more like wild beasts than like men” (Ellen White, Desire of Ages 337).

One of them came running at Jesus, but Jesus stood His ground.  At His command the evil spirits left both men. They were completely transformed and were at peace.

When Jesus prepared to leave that place in the boat, the two former demoniacs wanted to stay with Him. They felt safe with Jesus.  They tried to get into the boat, but Jesus said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (verse 19).

These men had known Jesus for only a few hours. What did they know about Him that they could share?  Yet when they told the people in the Decapolis region of their experience, “all the people were amazed” (verse 20).

As we witness for our Lord, we must remember the lesson taught by the experience of these men: “They could tell what they knew; what they themselves had seen, and heard, and felt of the power of Christ. This is what everyone can do whose heart has been touched by the grace of God” (The Desire of Ages 340).

We should never feel that we have nothing to share about Jesus. God needs us to tell others what Jesus has done for us, no matter how simple or how great.  As we do this, He will reach them with His love.

 

David Smith

 Senior Pastor, University Church

Collegedale, Tennessee