Monday: 4th February, 2019
Reference text: Mark 5:1-20
Mark 5:15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
‘Extreme makeover’ is one of those shows on TV that offers the opportunity to see real change in action. In that reality show, one definitely sees such clear distinctions that you can very easily distinguish between before and after without any difficulties. In many regards therefore, it presents the most ideal of contexts with which the message in today’s Gospel can be compared.
We see two faces of the man described: before and after encountering Jesus. Before, he lived in tombs and was untamed. Night and day, he cried and harmed himself. Then there is the after image where we find him sitting, clothed and in his right mind.
SITTING: This is the most common of ways employed to get some rest, albeit over a short while. Therefore, for the man who was found wandering through tombs and mountains to be found sitting, he had found a resting place with God.
CLOTHED: If he could rip off chains, were clothes going to pose any real challenge to him? The significance of being referred to as enrobed after encountering Jesus, ought to give us an idea of how God desire to wrap us with himself so all we are, becomes a reflection of all He is.
IN HIS RIGHT MIND: There was the end game: he experienced peace as never before. Peace evident for all to see.
Beloved, with Jesus, there will be clear distinctions between our before and after.