Daily Scriptures

Thursday, January 19: The demons begged Jesus

 

MarkThe Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus' role as a servant. Join with us as we venture through one section of this vital gospel that recounts many of Jesus' actions during his ministry years.

Read Mark 5:11-17

A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus, "Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them." 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.

Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 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. Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

 

Reflect

The demons knew that Jesus had ultimate power, so they begin to negotiate with him. After begging, they're sent into a herd of pigs. Given their impending doom, you have to wonder whether they knew what was coming. With his action, Jesus ended their rule of the possessed man. It's clear that Jesus' desire for us is to be free of Satan and evil.

Respond

Jesus, thank you for fighting for our freedom. May you help us purge any evil from our lives, and to fill that empty space with you. Amen.

 

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