Mk.5:2-5 – And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.

This scene sounds like a terrible horror movie. Jesus and the disciples crossed over the sea at night, dealt with a storm that almost capsized their boat, and were met on the shore in a cemetery by a demonized man. He was shouting, probably an obscenity laced barrage, at Jesus. The spirits inhabiting him recognized who Jesus was. Immediately a struggle began between the tormented man and the inhabiting spirits. The man fell at Jesus feet in worship, the spirits were raging trying to scare and intimidate the Lord.

This story is a great picture of humans bound by sin and destructive spirits who do not have the capacity to fix their broken and tormented lives. This demonized man from Gadara was freed with a word from the Lord. Our tormented souls are set free in the same way, one word from the Lord, and just like the storm Jesus had just stilled, our souls enter into His rest. Here are some comments from the NIBC on this passage.

“The man is described as both fully captive to the powers of evil and beyond any human help. Further, his dwelling among the tombs, the “dwelling” of the dead, almost makes him like a zombie, a living dead–man. Finally, he is self destructive and obviously in torment. All of this is a powerful picture of how the NT describes the condition of humans apart from Christ: Spiritually dead and in bondage to evil. Of course the helpless condition of the man and the powerful grip of the demons also show the extent of Jesus’ power and authority. The eerie conversation between Jesus and the demons, who say that they are many, and the strange account of the destruction of the herd of pigs underscore what a powerful force Jesus was up against.”

Maybe you feel like you have been placed in chains and you are just hanging around waiting to die. I think Jesus just came ashore in your world. Fall at His feet and worship, He will do the rest.

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