Sermon Summary • April 23, 2017
Mark 5:1-20 • Pastor Chris Liu
After Jesus and His disciples crosses the Sea of Galilee, they came to a town called Gerasenes where they were met by a man who was demon possessed. If we cross-reference The Gospel of Matthew, we find out that there were actually 2 demon possessed men, but Mark and Luke only focused on the main demoniac.
The demoniac fell on his knees before Jesus, and the demons inside of the man begged Jesus not to torture them because He was going to cast them out of these men. What we see here is that these demons recognized who Jesus was. He was the Son of God and He has authority over them.
The demons asked Jesus not to cast them out of the country. If we cross-reference Luke, we find out that they were afraid of Jesus casting them into “the abyss”. This is a place (according to Rev. 20 and Jude 1) where demons are exiled. Jesus actually has mercy on them and allowed them to go into a herd of pigs instead. Jesus casts out the legion of demons from the men and the demons go into the herd of pigs and they run off the cliff and drowned.
What we see next is something amazing! These men have been completely transformed. They are in their right mind, clothed, no longer hurting themselves, and free from the demons that were tormenting them. When the townspeople came to see what happened, they were afraid of Jesus and asked Him to leave. So, Jesus and His disciples left. Jesus tells the previously demon possessed men to go tell others what He has done for them and they do so, and many people were amazed.
There are two main takeaways from this passage. First, Jesus has the authority to free us from our sins. We as Christians cannot be demon-possessed, but we do have our addictions, idols, and sins that can bind us and keep us from fully following after Christ. The great news is that Jesus can free us from those chains.
Secondly, we need to go and tell others of what He has done for us. We might not have a dramatic story (like being freed from demons), but that shouldn’t stop us from sharing about what Christ has done for us. We just need to tell others about His love for us and that in itself is a powerful witness that can be exactly what someone needs to here. God wants to use you so share your story with those around you!