When asked, “Who do you want to meet in heaven?” most people pick the famous people of the Bible for their first interview like, Moses, Mary, Daniel and David. But I think I will skip the long lines of Isaiah, Elijah, and Esther and go right for someone else. The first thing I will ask him is, “What’s your name?” since the Bible doesn’t tell us. The person I would pick is The Demon Possessed Man from Mark 5.
Last Friday my husband preached to our youth group from Mark 5 and I was struck with this thought, “What was it like experiencing a piece of Hell? And what was it like to have Jesus transform you into His Kingdom of light?” After I ask those two simple questions I want to sit down and listen to every word he says. I want to hear his amazement of what Christ did for him. I want to hear his story of salvation that made it possible for him to be in Heaven to worship Christ forever. After all, telling his story of salvation was what he did for years here on earth. Mark 5:20 “And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.” I am certain that in Heaven the amazement and the marvel from his story will be that much greater.
I want to share in the wonder of his salvation. I am looking forward to the day I get to hear this story in the first person from the man who was possessed by demons and now sings beside angels. I want to hear of his salvation and stand in awe, with him, of Jesus lover of the lost.
But I am thankful now for this story. I am thankful that Christ has put it in His word to show us His mercy. Mark 5:19 “. . . [Jesus] said to him, ‘Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’” I can stand in awe now, not only of God’s mercy on a man possessed by demons, but the mercy he has shown me. I may not be possessed by demons, but I was certainly a part of the Kingdom of Darkness and I am thankful to be transformed into the Kingdom of Light through my Savior Jesus Christ. This story is a reminder that we were all so close to Hell and were rescued. May I marvel at that truth every day on earth and rejoice in it for eternity in Heaven.