By Sonny Simak

We have been preaching systematically from Gospel according to Mark over the past few months. I had a great privilege to preach from Mark 5 at worship service in Grace Church, Southall.

Here are some of the key things we learnt from this passage.

  1. Jesus thought about this demon possessed man long before He met him

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” (Mark 4:30)

And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. (Mark 5:2)

Likewise, Jesus thought of us and came for our rescue while we were living in darkness (Ephesians 2:1-4, Colossians 1:21).

Those who say God does not care, should look to Jesus. He cares!

  1. Jesus travelled a distance to reach “one” man

And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. (Mark 5:2)

Isn’t that amazing? Jesus is not concerned about numbers. He’s concerned about human depravity. Once He rescued this man; He departed from that country.

  1. Jesus and His disciples experience some difficulty to reach this man

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. (Mark 4:37)

We too, will go through troubling times as a result of serving Jesus and to reach the lost (Philippians 1:29).

  1. Jesus helps those who cannot help themselves

Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. (Mark 5:5-6)

This demon possessed man was out of his mind. He had no hope, no peace but was in this dark mire where he could not drag himself out. He was helpless, weak and hopeless. He had no place in this world, but Jesus helped Him.

  1. Jesus has the authority and the power over natural and supernatural

And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39)

And they (evil spirits) begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” So he gave them permission.” (Mark 5:12-13)

We don’t need to fear evil. God is with us.

  1. Jesus delivered this demon possessed man

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. (Mark 5:15)

Jesus has the power to save. He did the unthinkable. The demon possessed man was freed. He was once again a normal. Note that, the man was no longer naked but clothed. We learn in Psalm 32:1 that blessed is the man whose sin is covered.

  1. Jesus is not often welcomed by many

And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. (Mark 5:17)

In John 3:19-20, we read that men love darkness than light because light exposes their dark deeds. These people were so in love with their darkness, they wanted nothing to do with Jesus.

  1. Jesus has a specific ministry for each Christian

As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 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.” (Mark 5:18-19)

This demon possessed man found a new life and as a result He just wanted to be with Jesus. Note that, all true Christian want to be with Jesus. Jesus told him to go back to his family to tell them the “good news.”

  1. Jesus calls unlikeliest of men into Christian ministry

 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.”  And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marvelled. (Mark 5:19-20)

This man was demon possessed. He used to cut himself and was rejected by many. Jesus came into his life and changed him altogether for His glory. He became an evangelist for the Lord as he went about many cities telling what the Lord had done for him.

Do you know that Jesus delivers?

If you do, rejoice in Him.

If not, then why not come and find out more at Grace Church, Southall.

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