Mark 4:35 to Mark 5:20
As Mark tells the story, the disciples were terrified that the boat was going to break up and everyone would die. But Jesus was apparently oblivious to their pending doom. They woke him and cried, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Of course, Jesus quiets the storm with a word, but then he chides the disciples: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Note Jesus performed a miracle that stunned his disciples; it was beyond description as he calmed the storm.
A man, ghastly possessed howls and dashes himself with stones. His strength is such that no human could bind or control him. From his first encounter with Jesus, there is no question who was in control. Jesus is the strong one with the upper hand; doing what no man could do. When it becomes apparent that Jesus will expel the demons, they ask instead to be sent into a nearby herd of swine. Jesus permitted this, and the herd of pigs rushes headlong into the lake and drowned.
The crisis of life have often been compared to stormy seas. They terrify us. They knock us around and threaten to destroy our stability and security. We don’t know how long they will last or if we can survive them. At least, that’s how a storm at sea would be for most of us. For Jesus, it was just a chance to grab some sleep.
Are you ever annoyed when it looks like God is sleeping and ignoring the situation that has “swamped” you and threatens to drown you? Always know that God will never leave or forsake you even when you think he is sleeping. He has power over storms and demons . He will blow away your concept of him by a display of his power just trust him no matter what
I will trust you completely no matter the situation as i commit myself more to revealing Christ wherever i go
Reading – Mark 4:35 to Mark 5:20
Jesus Calms the Storm
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man
5 They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.[a] 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons,sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis[b]how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.