Mk.5:3-6 – He lived among the tombs; and no one was able to bind him anymore, not even with a chain, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces; and no one was strong enough to subdue him. Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones.
Mk.5:16 – They came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the “legion”; and they became frightened.
This is one of the great miracles of the ministry of Jesus recorded in the gospels. This poor man had been hopelessly bound by demons. The world today has not improved much on its ability to help people in conditions like this young man. Today, he would be heavily medicated and possibly in a strait jacket rather than in chains outside of town. Look how Spurgeon describes how Jesus dealt with this man.
“See how the world deals with furiously guilty people. It tries to fetter them or to tame them, to keep them in check by fear of punishment or to subdue them to a gentleness of morality. Christ neither binds nor tames; he changes and renews.”
Jesus changed and renewed this man. Instead of anger and violence we see Him humble and teachable at the Lord’s feet. The Lord not only healed and renewed this man, He gave Him a new life with purpose.
Mk.5:18,19 – And as He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was begging Him that he might accompany Him. And He did not let him, but He said to him,”Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.”
The Lord made this man’s life a tool to display God’s mercy to the world. Again, notice how Spurgeon describes this man’s new role.
“That is one of the chief points on which we ought always to speak—not only to tell of the greatness of the change that the grace of God has worked in us but especially to testify to the mercy of God toward us.”
Think of where our lives would have ended up without the intervening of God’s mercy. The Lord has a role for us to play in our world. “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.”