Mark 4:35-41; 5:1-20

Continuing through the fast-paced gospel of Mark, we come across two stories that happen in quick succession even though a chapter break is in the middle. First, heading to the “other side” of the lake, Jesus and the disciples enter a cataclysmic storm–and Jesus is asleep. But, awoken he speaks to the wind and waves and immediately the storm stops, terrifying the disciples even more! Who is this, they ask. Then upon arriving at evening on the other side they are approached by the man of the tombs who is filled with evil spirits. Jesus cleanses the man and the demons are sent into a herd of pigs. Rather than be amazed at this man who is now “clothed and in his right mind”, the locals are upset and scared and ask Jesus to leave their region.