24th January 2020

Tell How Much the Lord has Done for You

“Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
Mark 5:19 (NIVUK)

In the opening verses of Mark chapter 5 we are confronted with a demonised man who has just about lost everything. He was homeless – he lived among the tombs, away from family and friends (Verse 3). He was naked – his body unprotected from the weather and from shame (Luke 8:27). He was out of his mind and was self-harming (verse 5). But even though this man was in a terrible state Jesus loved him, was moved with compassion for him and commanded the evil spirits to go, which they did (verses 8-12). This resulted in the man getting dressed, because he was now in his right mind (verse 15) and he was now able to return home (verse 19). Jesus had restored all his losses.

The response of this man is very interesting. Because of what Jesus had done for him he begged Jesus that he be allowed to go with him and follow him (verse 18). But Jesus had another plan in mind for him. “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (verse 19). And the man did just that, becoming a powerful witness for Jesus’ love and mercy (verse 20).

It doesn’t matter what state we are in; it doesn’t matter what we may have lost in this life; Jesus loves us, is moved with compassion for us, and is able and willing to restore us. In his mercy he has given us life for death, faith for distrust, hope and healing instead of despair and destruction, and promises us so much more. Ultimately God will wipe away all tears from our eyes. There will be no more suffering or loss or death or grief. What a day of rejoicing that will be.

This man had recognized who Jesus was (even if it was initially through a demonic confession), had experienced his saving and cleansing work, knew himself to be the recipient of God’s saving mercy, then went and told people what Jesus had done, and they were amazed (verse 20). When we come to Jesus, in whatever state we are, and receive his restoration and healing, can we too tell people of all the Lord has done for us? They might just be amazed if we do.

Loving Father, thank you for all that you do for us through Jesus. May we share this good news with others so they too can experience your grace and mercy.

Study by Barry Robinson

About the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder and part of the National Ministry Team directing Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. He is also a pastoral worker in the South of England, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International Central London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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