“Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him; Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee” St Mark 5:19
A man possessed by the devil was healed by Jesus. Afterward, he that was healed came to Jesus and wanted to stay with Him to be one of His disciples but Jesus made the statement in the above verse that the man show go and show himself to his friends.
It is not that Jesus does not want the man to be with Him but this man had suffered once while he was possessed. He must have been a man of influence before this illness. He may have been someone with many friends and acquaintances but with such sickness that got hold of him, sure there is no way anyone of his friends would love to be recognised with him.
They must have deserted him while he was in his sickness. If someone is possessed by the devil, it means that such person will be acting with madness or highest degree of craziness. It depends of how affected that person is.
So definitely, all the relatives, friends and acquaintances of this man were no longer with him. they have disappeared long ago. Even if they sighted him on the road while he was still possessed, they surely would have done everything to avoid him recognising them.
Now, this man is healed. He came to realised how much he had been on the street as a mad man. He was aware of what this meant in his society and thus he was shamed. He knew that none of his friends or those that are once with him had turned their backs against him
The only option he knew was to give himself up to Jesus, thinking that if he stayed as His disciple that he will be most welcome and no one will laugh at him or called him a ‘once-upon-a-mad-man’
But Jesus has different thought for this man. Jesus Christ instructed this man to go back to his relatives, his friends and all his acquaintances and showed himself to them. Jesus wants that through this man, everyone who had rejected this man would be ashamed and begged for forgiveness before they will reconcile with him.
So this man obeyed Jesus and went. Of course, he recovered his lost image before the people BUT he did not stop there. He began to preach the gospel BY testifying to what God has done for him.
How long have you been testifying to the world and to those around you about what God has done, been doing and will still do in your life? Do you want to wait until God tells you to share your testimony with others? Or do you want to wait until God has fulfil your prayer request before you can then testify?
The more you share God’s wonderful deeds and His love to people, the more God continue to manifest Himself in your life.
What are you waiting for? Do not be ungrateful! Get out there and tell the entire world how much God has done, is doing and will still do for you!
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