The MARK 5 Man

Mark 5:1-20: They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet Him. 3This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain. 4For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 6When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of Him. 7He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that You won’t torture me!” 8For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you evil spirit!” 9Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area. 11A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13He gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. 14Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man–and told about the pigs as well. 17Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their
region. 18As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with Him. 19Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you.” 20So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

1. Who is the MARK 5 Man? (vv.2-5; Ephesians 2:1-3; James 1:14-15)

• He is one person who is representative of the many people who need the Lord Jesus Christ; people
who have no personal relationship with Him, whose lives are not surrendered to Jesus. He is a helpless
and hopeless case without Jesus.

• He lived among the dead, helplessly followed the dictates of the evil spirit that inhabited him; he was
out of control and could no longer be subdued. Like many of us today, who are “possessed” and
unrestrained who have been taken hostage by the lure and standards of this world.

• He was isolated and cut-off from help. Isolation is also a powerful weapon of the devil. Notice that
when a D-group member has been absent for a long time with no apparent legitimate reason, there is
usually something wrong. Satan can use their isolation to take them hostage.

2. What did Jesus do to him? (vv. 9-13; Matthew 28:18)

• Why were the disciples not mentioned in this story? Maybe the storm at sea had tired them out. Or
maybe they looked down on the demon-possessed man as unclean or were afraid of him or didn’t feel
equipped to deal with him. We may be like the disciples – too tired to share the gospel, or scared of
not being ready, or afraid of people’s rejection. Or perhaps we look down on certain people.

• Jesus did not look down on the demon-possessed man. He saw his need and delivered him. He has
compassion for the unwanted, hopeless and helpless. No person, regardless of their condition or
situation is out-of-reach of the grace and love of Jesus.

• When Jesus delivered the demon-possessed man, He dramatically demonstrated that all authority in
heaven and earth has been given to Him, and that is our confidence as we share the gospel to all.

3. What should we do now? (vv.14-20; Matthew 28:19-20)

• After Jesus delivered the demon-possessed man, He instructed him, “Go home to your family and tell them
how much the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you.” 20So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

• Jesus has given us the same marching orders. We have an amazing story to tell of God’s grace and
mercy. Look for the Mark 5 men and women in your home, in school, in the workplace, in your
neighborhood, even right in the church; they need the Lord, just like we did before we trusted in
Jesus. Share with them “how much the Lord has done for you.” They will be amazed and blessed!

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