I have been reading and meditating through the book of Mark and it has been a very good experience. God has blessed me with some understanding because I am taking the time to really study the passages instead of reading quickly which I am prone to do. In chapter 4, Jesus had just left the Jewish shores of the Galilee Sea and headed to the other side of the great body of water. During this time, Jesus calmed the waves and encouraged the disciples’ faith. No sooner Jesus had set foot on dry land when He was greeted by a demon possessed man. The thing that really struck me about this passage is that after Jesus cast out the demons, the Gerasenes people begged Jesus to leave. Jesus had just arrived to proclaim the good news and yet the people wanted Him gone. From an earthly view it may seem like Jesus had failed. No sooner had He got there then He had to leave. Yet we know that Jesus is God, so therefor He knew what was going to happen before He even started sailing across the Sea. Jesus knew He would be going to a hostile region, be greeted by the demon possessed man and then would have to leave. Yet Jesus went anyways. Jesus went through the stormy seas to enemy land for one reason or should I say one person. One might be tempted to think that when Jesus made land on the shores of Gerasenes that the demon- possessed man was the one who sought out Jesus but that is not true. Jesus was the one who sought him. The demons knew that Jesus had come to save the man because they said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?” The demons knew that Jesus had come to seek and to save. This is a beautiful picture of the gospel, that God came to earth, enemy territory, and defeated Satan and all the demons when Jesus died on the cross. Jesus sought me when I was the property of Satan and rescued me from the clutches of the evil one. I am so thankful that Jesus would cross the sea of Galilee for just one person. I am so happy that Jesus would bear the cross for me.