Monday: February 3, 2020
Mark 5:3-4 They were met by a man with an unclean spirit who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
The message account renders the above text:
‘No one could restrain him—he couldn’t be chained, couldn’t be tied down. He had been tied up many times with chains and ropes, but he broke the chains, snapped the ropes. No one was strong enough to tame him’
Yet, when this same man saw Jesus a long way off, he ran and bowed in worship before him(v5)
After seeing this, I laughed and this message came to mind:
Some situations we go through can neither be tied down by brute force nor with a show of might. They cannot be chained and they cannot be bound, because they are stronger than any human force we can present; ‘those will be plucked asunder’. However, those same situations upon seeing Jesus from miles away, will surrender on their own accord.
Jesus is not far from us, He is with us by His Spirit, so why are we still striving to bind things with shear force when we can surrender them at the foot of the cross for immediate reprieve? I re-echo words earlier stated, some situations will laugh in the face of our brute and forceful attacks because only surrender at the cross will bring total liberation.