Mark 5:1-20 1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. 2 And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. 3 He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, 4 for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”8 For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.
14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesusto depart from their region. 18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but 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.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Jesus is not only Lord of storms, He is also Lord of demons. When a demonized man comes running, Jesus takes control of the situation and liberates the enslaved man by grace. He is a total, sovereign, and prodigal Liberator. Total, because He hasn’t simply come to make us nice; He’s come to make us new. Just like the demonized man here in Mark 5, Jesus hasn’t come to give us more chains; He has come to give us a nature change! Sovereign, because there is no evil that can match Him—even a legion of demons. The good news is there is more grace in Christ than sin in you. Prodigal, because He is recklessly spendthrift, lavishing His grace on the most ill-deserving and hopeless. In Mark 5, as well as today, Jesus deliberately goes where no one else would to redeem someone no one else wanted. But why are we liberated? We are liberated in order that we can walk out of the “tombs” and live a new life of holiness and faith in Jesus. In addition to that, we are liberated to “Go…and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” This is all possible because Jesus was the greater one who was stripped naked, cut open and bleeding, crying out, and thrown in the tombs. On the cross, Jesus paid for our sin so that one day He could destroy evil without destroying us.
1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Mark 5:1-20 that stood out to you? challenged you? or confused you?
2. If you were involved in a conversation about movies featuring demons, vampires, and even angels, how might you steer the conversation to a balanced, biblical view of demonic activity?
3. How would you respond to a Christian who questions, in this modern day, whether we still need to believe in angles and demons?
4. How is Jesus’ command to the demons different than the way exorcisms are performed in movies?
5. What does it mean that Jesus is a Total liberator? Sovereign liberator? Prodigal Liberator? Which one (Total, Sovereign, Prodigal) most stands out to you and why?
6. What does this man do right after He’s liberated? What does this tell us about what we’re liberated for?
7. Describe a scenario where Jesus might change someone you know so that they would once again be in their right mind and come home. Pray for that person.
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