On Wednesday night High School Director Sean Duncan Shared on Mark 5:1-20. Sean spoke on the power of Jesus and His victory over evil. There are things that are outside of the control of humans, but nothing is outside of the power of Christ.
5 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.”
- The people of this area have tried to bind this man with chains and shackles yet nothing could hold him and no one had the strength to subdue him. So now he just roams and lives in the cemetery.
- As Jesus approaches the man with the demon he starts crying out “what have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?” This demon possessed man knows who Jesus is. Knows that Jesus is God incarnate. Knows that Jesus is the second person of the trinity.
- People of this area have tried to help this man, but ultimately fail to do so. No one can help this man because of how far gone he is.
Point #1: No one is so far gone Jesus doesn’t have the power to save.
- Not just one demon but many demons are tormenting this man. At first people tried to restrain him. they tried to chain him. but ultimately no one could subdue him, no one could help him. But Jesus can.
- Jesus here displays that he is the only one who can save this man, no one else has the power to do so.
- You and I don’t know who will come to Christ, and by all means, no one is too far gone that Jesus can’t save them. So how can we practically apply this?
- we don’t get to play judge of who gets to hear the gospel and who doesn’t.
- we should be sharing the gospel with anyone and everyone ESPECIALLY those who we think are too far gone.
- The san francisco trip is a great opportunity to minister to and share the gospel with people who you might think are too far gone. life circumstances are not good, drug addiction is rampant. but none of those people are too far gone that Christ cant save them.
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.
- I love this because to us it might seem like a strange fact included in the text about these pigs but actually this is saying something huge.
- To the Israelites pigs are an unclean animal. So for Jesus here to be in a place with a great herd of pigs are, means he is in a predominantly gentile region. Not only is Jesus healing a man with an unclean spirit, but this tells us that he was going to primarily people who would have been viewed as unclean or outside of Gods people.
- Jesus came for Gentiles, not just Israelites.
Point #2: The power of Jesus is for all people, not just some people
- What do the people you spend all your time with look like? Do they look just like you? do you avoid the people that are different from you?
- As a community, to love like Jesus means to love and care for those who are different from us.
- What’s a way we can do this?
- I’d be willing to bet everyday at lunch there is someone who sits alone on the other side of the cafeteria, or hall, or parking lot. Go sit with that person, share the love of Christ with them, share Christ.
- Jesus goes to a predominantly Gentile land and saves this man from the legion, And if you look at vs 13, they need Jesus’ permission to enter the pigs, which leads to the next point.
Point #3: Spiritual forces are not outside the control and power of God.
- This demonic force needs permission from Jesus to enter into the pigs.
- Jesus as we saw last week has control over the physical world. But Jesus also has control over the spiritual world.
- Now, Christians cannot be possessed by evil spiritual forces, but they can be attacked by them. If you ever feel like there may be spiritual evil attacking you, you can rebuke the spirit in the name of Jesus christ and satan has to flea. You have power over that because of who your father is and who dwells inside you.
- 1 John 4:4 “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” The spirit of God dwells within the believer giving the Christian the power to cast away demonic forces.
- The one who dwells inside you as a christian is God, and God is so much more powerful than any spiritual evil. 2 Timothy 1:7 says that we are given a spirit of power. We as christ follows have the power to cast away spiritual evil in the name of Jesus Christ.
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 Jesus to depart from their region.
- The herdsmen saw what happened, and they informed people. People saw and heard of this truth and power of Jesus and they wanted nothing to do with it. They want Jesus out of their life.
- They valued their possessions more than they valued Gods presence.
Point #4: Just because people see the power and truth of God, doesn’t mean they’ll want it.
I want you all to hear this. It is your responsibility as a Christian to show people the truth of God. But you are not responsible for weather or not they want it.
- At the end of the day its God who brings people to salvation, its God who causes their heart to want Jesus. rest in that.
- Don’t feel discouraged if people don’t accept Christ when you share him with them. You can sleep easy at night knowing you did your piece, God has the rest covered.
- Its your responsibility to share the gospel, but you aren’t held accountable for if the accept the gospel. Thats in God’s hands.
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.
Point #5: Following Jesus looks like sharing Jesus.
- This man experiences liberation and freedom because of Jesus, and he wants nothing more than to follow him and be with him.
- Jesus denies his request to go with them in the boat. But Jesus does not deny this man from following him. To follow Jesus looks like sharing Jesus.
- Jesus tells him to go home and tell his friends what the Lord has done through mercy for him.
- The man doesn’t just go to his home, he goes all over the region (decapolis) sharing what Jesus had done for him, And everyone marveled!
- Your story has power too. Your encounter with Jesus and how Jesus has saved you from the penalty of your sin and begun to transform you is something no one can take away from you. And if you share it enough, people will marvel. People will see truth. wether or not they want truth is not your responsibility, but it is your responsibility to share it.
- You can all live this out by setting a goal: share your faith with 5 friends, nervous? bring them to youth group on Wednesday. Also to nervous? bring them to small group!
- This story is a picture of our lives. We cannot save ourselves. And despite peoples efforts no one else can save us either. Humanity has rebelled from God and we have made ourselves his enemy. Humanity has aligned its heart with spiritual evil and the only way to be free of that is for our King Jesus to conquer and defeat evil. Jesus in this story shows power over evil forces. But Jesus’ true victory over evil took place on the cross, where Jesus let evil exhaust itself on him. Upon the cross Jesus bore the penalty of our sin, the shame of our failure, and the humility of our uncleanliness. Jesus’ victorious life of righteousness clothes those who place their faith in Him as Lord and Savior making the sinner a saint, a citizen of heaven, and a co-heir of the Kingdom along with Christ.
“Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”