Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What Right did Peter Have to Make This Claim?
 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven                 that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”   Acts 4:12

Demons Fear & Obey – In the Gospel of Mark chapter 5 verses 1-20, Peter has just finished taking Jesus across the Sea of Galilee when a demon possessed man approaches the boat.  We’re provided details that this man lives among the tombs, has often been bound to be restrained but broke the chains, and constantly cried out and had self-inflicted wounds.   Here is a man who knows no peace, who when asked by Jesus what the name of the demon is, is told “Legion; for we are many.”

Jesus told the demons to leave the man and they obeyed him.  Peter and those who knew the man now observed him sitting down quietly, clothed, in his right mind, and perhaps for the first time in his life, knowing peace.  Instead of a life causing fear and terror, he left proclaiming to people in the region the great things Jesus had done for him and everyone marveled.  Like Peter, here was a man whose life was radically and dramatically changed.             

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