Mark 5:1-20 shows us how powerful Jesus is…with a Word he banishes 2,000 demons! Now that is power. If you see nothing else, then I hope you consider the great power and authority that Jesus has. Understanding this can bolster your faith and give you confidence in Him.
The folks around this event had the opportunity to respond to Jesus’s Authority. Read the last bit of the story:
Mark 5: 17 And the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away and leave them alone. 18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him.19 But Jesus said, "No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been."20 So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns* of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them.
First, the townspeople…they saw Jesus’s Authority and asked Him to go away. Now, that is pretty audacious. Wouldn’t you want a guy like that to stay around? Wouldn’t you have a few questions. They said to ‘leave them alone’ and Jesus went and got into the boat. He honored their request. I wonder if we have ever made the poor choice of asking Jesus to leave the premises? It appears to me that when we ask Jesus to go away then He does so as a gentleman. Hint, this is not a smart way to respond to Jesus’ Authority. No matter if He scares you, angers you or upsets your arrangements…you do not want Him to go away.
Now, the man that has been healed see’s that Jesus is going. He asks (no, he begs) to go with Him. Look at this. Townspeople say 'go away' and He goes. A man says 'can I come' and Jesus responds ‘no’. Do you like hearing that word when in involves doing something you want to do and even feel like you need to do? Me neither! However, remember that this man had seen the Power of Jesus and experienced a great miracle. He responds with trust and obedience. He stays and proclaims Jesus Power and Mercy. This is the correct response. It wasn’t what the man originally wanted to do but it’s what Jesus wanted to happen.
Maybe you have experienced a time where you sensed God saying ‘no’ to your request. I bet there are times where you obeyed and saw God’s Blessing. There may be times where you remember disobeying and seeing the consequences of that action.
You can respond to Jesus’s Authority right every time. It is a choice. A choice to allow His Authority to direct you.