[5.18-20] As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man begged to go along, but he wouldn’t let him. Jesus said, “Go home to your own people. Tell them your story—what the Master did, how he had mercy on you.” The man went back and began to preach in the Ten Towns area about what Jesus had done for him. He was the talk of the town.
Lord Jesus- This really is the post script to this story of change. This man want to leave the tombs behind and join you in your travels. The reasons why that was possible are not given to us. But you had an even more audacious mission that you sent him on. It wasn't to travel but to stay home and to tell his story to those who knew him best. You sent him to the very people who had seen his decent into the darkness, now could see the transformation that had taken place.
Transformation takes place within community. Sometimes it is dramatic and affirming with large changes seen all at once. Sometimes transformation takes place slowly over time in ways almost to gentle and gradual to notice. The impacts of that transformation are lived out daily in front of the people that are a part of our community. The telling of the story...becomes the living of the story and its implications over a life time.
The mystery of grace is that lives can change and do change with the implications lived out for all see.
1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.
Today Lord Jesus, Empower me to live out the implications of transformation within the setting that you place me.
Peterson, Eugene H. (2006-06-15). The Message Remix 2.0: The Bible In contemporary Language (p. 1799). NavPress. Kindle Edition.