One day, Jesus went for an afternoon of sunbathing on his fancy boat. He was so excited to waste the day sipping lemonade, lying around and avoiding people except a couple friends. Of course there’s nothing wrong with resting once in awhile, but…well, you’ll see.
However, he eventually got tired of that so he wanted to stretch his legs. They took the boat ashore. When they got to land a strange man came around and Jesus said to his friends, “You know, I’m not really in the mood to talk to people or help them with their problems so let’s get away from this really weird guy, go back to the boat and get our scuba gear.
After they went scuba diving for awhile, Jesus got bored of that and was hoping to buy some dinner. They went back to land and found a restaurant where that strange man was again. This time he was holding a teddy bear and was twisting straws around it. Weird right? He asked Jesus to help him out.
Jesus was really annoyed, but gave the guy a couple dollars to go to the ice cream store across the street so he could send him away.
So he ran and got raspberry bugaboo ice cream, but came right back while Jesus and his disciples were eating lamb stew. SO ANNOYING!
The strange man looked like he could really use some help. You know, a little friendship, some emotional healing, a place to belong. But Jesus just said to him, “Sorry bud, there’s no hope for you! Evil wins this time.” And the man walked away sad.
Thankfully, Jesus does have power over evil and can help us overcome sin and fill the world with goodness!
-a strange twist on Mark 5:1-20