Presentation on theme: "The Man Jesus Met in the Country of the Gadarenes – His name: Legion Roman military unit of 6,000 was a “legion” Here likely means “many” (Luke 8:30;"— Presentation transcript:
The Man Jesus Met in the Country of the Gadarenes – His name: Legion Roman military unit of 6,000 was a “legion” Here likely means “many” (Luke 8:30; Mark 5:9) – His problem: Possessed by great number of demons Demons were evil spirits under Satan’s control – They took possession of people to control and torment them – God allowed them to have a limited freedom on the earth in those days that His Son’s power over evil might be shown to be complete (Matt. 12:28-29; Luke 10:17-18) – When the age of the miraculous ended, demonic possession ended as well (Zech. 13:2; 1 Cor. 12: :8-13)
The Man Jesus Met in the Country of the Gadarenes – His condition: Really bad shape He had many demons for a long time (Luke 8:27, 30) He had lost the use of his mind (Mark 5:15); wild and fierce (Mt. 8:28) He lived in the burial tombs (Mark 5:3); driven by the demon (Lk. 8:29) He terrorized those who were about him or got near him (Matt. 8:28) He harmed himself, cutting with stones (Mark 5:5) He had often been seized, chained and kept under guard (Luke 8:29) He was unnaturally powerful, could break shackles & chains (Mk. 5:4) No one could tame him, for their safety or his (Mark 5:4) He was constantly crying out in the mountains like a beast (Mark 5:5) He was naked (Luke 8:27) Until Christ appeared, his situation seemed hopeless
The Demons’ Reaction to Jesus – “Ran and worshiped Him” (Mk. 5:6) – the man or the demons? – “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me” (Mk. 5:7) The demons had faith & confessed their faith (cf. Jas. 2:19) The demons believed in the reality of judgment and torment Had a more knowledge & faith than most people today – They pleaded with Jesus: “Do not torment me” (Mark 5:7), “before the time” (Matt. 8:29) “Not send them out of the country” (Mark 5:10) “Not command to go out into the abyss (bottomless pit)” (Luke 8:31) “Permit us to go away into the herd of swine” (Matt. 8:31; Luke 8:32) They recognized His complete power over them
Jesus’ Power Over the Demons (Evil) – Jesus commanded, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” (Luke 8:29; Mark 5:8) – Jesus said to them, “Go” into the large herd of swine (Matt. 8:32; Mark 5:11) – The whole swine (about 2,000) ran violently down the steep place into the sea and drowned (Mt. 8:32; Mk. 5:13; Lk.. 8:33) – The demons could not resist the command of Christ; He is too powerful
The Various Effects of this Miracle of Jesus – Effect on the swine: went berserk and destroyed themselves – Effect on the demons: cast out and again without a host – Effect on the swineherders: fled into the city to tell what happened (Matt. 8:33; Mark 5:14-16; Luke 8:34-36) – Effect on the townspeople: went out to see what happened (Matt. 8:34; Mark 5:14-15) They were afraid…seized with great fear (Luke 8:35, 37) The whole multitude begged Him to depart (Luke 8:37)
The Various Effects of this Miracle of Jesus – Effect on the demon-possessed man: healed (Luke 8:36) The demons had departed (Luke 8:35) Sitting (Mark 5:15) – no longer out of control Sitting at the feet of Jesus (Luke 8:35) Clothed (Mark 5:15; Luke 8:35) – no longer naked In his right mind (Luke 8:35; Mark 5:15) No longer demon-possessed but Christ-possessed Begged to go and be with Jesus (Luke 8:38) Personally commissioned by Jesus (Mark 5:19) Proclaimed good news throughout Decapolis & all marveled (Mk. 5:20)
Lessons to Learn and Remember – Satan is a cruel master who seeks our destruction. – Faith in Jesus is not enough to be saved and delivered from Satan’s control. – It was Christ’s special mission to destroy the works of the devil & free men. – When people prefer property to people, they will want to be rid of Christ. – Those who want to remain in their sins find Jesus’ presence intolerable. – Jesus will not force Himself upon any people who do not want Him. – Before man needs to “go into all the world,” he needs go to his own house. – Those who’ve been saved by Christ need to proclaim the good news freely. – Demon possession is not possible today, but demon obsession is. – We can still be in bondage to Satan in much more subtle ways. – No matter how powerful the forces of evil, they cannot stand before Christ. – People who serve the devil are not in their right mind. – People in their right mind want to do right and serve the Lord. – We must tell others about the grace, mercy and forgiveness of the Lord.