Mark 5:2-5 says,
“When Jesus climbed out of the boat, a man possessed by an evil spirit came out from the tombs to meet Him. This man lived in the burial caves and could no longer be restrained, even with a chain. Whenever he was put into chains and shackles—as he often was—he snapped the chains from his wrists and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Day and night he wandered among the burial caves and in the hills, howling and cutting himself with sharp stones.”
This man was possessed by evil, he was a vessel for something else and needed Jesus to release him. Many people are trapped the same way and as fully devoted followers of Jesus we need to be praying and watching for those who need Jesus for that freedom. As the story goes on this part is what gets me choked up. Verses 6-7 say; “When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw Him, ran to meet Him, and bowed low before Him. With a shriek, he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the name of God, I beg you, don’t torture me!” The man possessed still ran to Him and bowed down. The evil spirit knowing who Jesus was but with no desire to change, begged to be sent not in the wilderness or be tortured. So Jesus send them into a herd of pigs. It just reminds me that we all need help and Jesus is the only one who can give us that help. Run to Him, and He will lift you higher.
As you read on it says in verse 15, “A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons. He was sitting there fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid.” This is the time we as believers should gather around and love this person and gives thanks to God but it says they were afraid and they then tell Jesus this in verse 17 “And the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away and leave them alone.” Why is it hard for us to let go of this world and fully turn to God? I think we are so caught up in missing out on something fun when we will actually miss out in something amazing for eternity.
The man’s reaction is this in Mark 5:18; “As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with Him.” He begged to go with Him! We can’t let our desire for Jesus die out, fan the flames and be exactly who He made you to be. Jesus knew where this man had the most influence and told him to stay. When we listen to Him we get what we need not what we want. The story finishes with these verses 19-20, “But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful He has been.” So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them.” Have the reverence to bow down and be willing to go, and see what Jesus has for you, for others. Amen