Go and Tell Your Story: Mark 5:18-20
”18) As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him. 19) And He did not let him, but He *said to him, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.” 20) And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.“ Mark‬ ‭5‬:‭18‬-‭20‬
The story now takes a surprising turn. The formerly demon possessed man begs Jesus to go with him into the boat and become one of His followers, but Jesus said “no.”
Jesus had totally set him free. He was seated with Jesus and his disciples. He was clothed, and in his right mind. He had a new life and for the first time could interact with people. Because of his previous manner of life, he had nothing and no one to go back to. He was basically homeless with no family or friends as a support group..
Verse 19 says; “Jesus did not let him go, but said to him, go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how he had mercy on you.’” He was a new believer. All he had was his story, but it was an amazing story.
So what difference can one man or one woman make verse 20 says that he went away and began to proclaim in Deapolis what great things Jesus had done for himself, and everyone marveled.
Let this story burn into your mind. Jesus and his disciples got into the boat and began to row away. Meanwhile, the former demon possessed man was left alone to tell his story throughout Decapolis.
We pick the story up again in Mark 7:31. Jesus and his disciples returned again to the region of Decapolis, but this time the people ran to meet Him. What a contrast to the rejection He had received following his first few hours in that region.
What brought about this transformation to the entire region of Decapolis?
It can be attributed to one new believer, faithfully telling his story. This time, Jesus received such a welcome that according to Mark chapter 8:1-10, this became the very location where Jesus ended up feeding the 4000.
I believe this is a picture of what Jesus wants to do in and through every new believer. He wants to radically change them and then use their story to spread the gospel far and wide.
Jesus wants to change you and then have you share your story with people around you. This is a picture of the great commission. The question is what is your story? Has Jesus made a change in your life and are you willing to share that story with others?
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

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