When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. Mark 5:6 NKJV
Read Mark 5:1-19. It’s the story of a demon-possessed man Jesus healed. After reading this story what seems like for the 100th time I noticed something about the way the demon-possessed man responded to Jesus’ presence, hence the reason for today’s verse.
Notice, if you will, the demon-possessed man was not in control of himself. Mark 5:3-5 gives us a pretty clear picture of what this man’s life was like: “his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.”
When this man saw Jesus coming towards the area, he ran and worshiped Him. This is amazing to me. We just saw how the man had no control over his life, but the demons within him controlled him. So who was it running to met Jesus? Was it not the demons within him? Follow me on this.
Even the demons, in their rebellion of God, recognize the authority of Jesus Christ. With that recognition comes quick obedience and reverence through worship. If the demons worship Jesus, how much more should “believers” run to worship Him?
Thinking about the demon’s response to Jesus, made me think about my response to Jesus. Do I run quickly to Jesus? My first response might be to say “Yes, of course I do”, but if I am more honest with myself, I’d be willing to say “I would like to run to Jesus more, but I find myself trying to figure things out on my own first and when my attempts fail, I stagger head down to Jesus.” Do I worship Him? Oh sure, at church when the music is loud and the whole congregation is singing I worship. But is that where worship stops? If I did worship I think part of it would be my willingness to come to Him first.
Here’s a few thought provoking questions for you. Are you quick to run to Jesus? Do you reverence Him through worship? If not, why?
Lord Jesus, you have authority over all of us humans, angels and even the demons. You deserve our reverence and worship. Help us fully recognize your authority and may we be quick to obey you and worship you. In Your name, Amen.
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