As we journey together through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written ‘letters from the heart.’ Each will be accompanied by corresponding relevant scripture verse(s), and linked to sources for further study. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please send us your ‘letter from the heart’ by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey of repentance, meditation, and anticipation day-by-day, to its glorious culmination on Easter morning.
In Mark 1:1-20, Jesus arrives on an island where a man possessed by demons wanders the caves. The man was so deep in sin that he just walked around in caves howling and cutting himself. When Jesus arrives, the man runs to him and worships him. Jesus sends the demons out of the man into a herd of pigs feeding on the hillside. The herdsmen see what Jesus has done to the pigs, and they run to tell the rest of the town. A crowd comes and tells Jesus to leave; they are afraid after seeing what Jesus can do. The man Jesus has healed begs to come with Jesus, but Jesus sends him home to his family. He knew the man would be more helpful going to his family and spreading the news of what the Lord had done for him than if he had come with Jesus.
The man had always avoided people, but he instantly knew who Jesus was and came straight to Him in worship. When Jesus cast the evil spirits out of the man, He even gave the spirits permission to go into pigs after they begged Him not to send them far away. He gives the man what he wants and the evil spirits what they want.
This shows me how Jesus puts everything before Himself. I knew this already, but the fact that He even let the spirits go where they chose proves it even more. When a crowd of people started to plead with Him to leave, Jesus left. He never demands thanks. He understands the fear the people had. The people there did not understand Jesus, and He knows that it takes time for people to accept Him. The people did not grasp that Jesus is there to help. Jesus was able to walk around teaching, knowing that some people would not believe Him. This is the most difficult aspect of Jesus’ work for me to understand. He knows that while some people would not understand, He could help many others.
Heathwood Hall, Grade 9
Columbia, South Carolina
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