As the disciples journeyed with Jesus, He demonstrated His power over disease and handicaps. He revealed His authority over demons. Then, when a storm threatens to drown them all, Jesus reveals His power over nature. These stories serve as a testimony of Jesus’s authority as the Son of God. As witnesses of these events, Jesus’s disciples are also being prepared. For over a year, the disciples have observed Jesus’s miracles and growing popularity. People came from every corner to be healed by Jesus and to hear His message.
Then, just as the crowds begin to swell, Jesus leaves the throng behind. He decides to take His disciples sailing. We can only guess what the disciples expected to encounter on the other side. I imagine that a crazed, naked demoniac was not on the list. Just as the physical storm took the disciples by surprise, the spiritual storm that was racing toward them as they reached the shore would surely put their faith to the test.
Authority Over Demons
“And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, 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. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him.” (Mark 5:2-6 ESV)
Think of a time when God led you somewhere unexpected (the destination could be a physical place, but it also could be an experience). What do you suppose God wanted you to learn? What did you learn?
Crying Out for Deliverance
In Mark 5, we encounter the most pitiful creature. A man who has been debased to the point that even beasts surpass him. Homeless, friendless, and alienated from society, the tormented man tore his shackles and chains to pieces, but he could not break the chains that held his mind prisoner. Running crazed into the night, his shrieks echoed from the mountaintops, but no one could hear the wails echoing in the prison of his soul. The evidence of deep cuts on the man’s broken, bloodied body were plain to everyone, but no one could see the broken, bleeding heart crying out for deliverance—no one but Jesus.For the man possessed by the #legion, no one could see the broken, bleeding heart crying out for deliverance—no one but Jesus. #LegionBibleStudy Click To Tweet
While none of us is ever likely to experience the kind of torment this man endured, all of us have experienced suffering. In what ways can you sympathize with the man?
“. . . for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4b ESV)
If you have been following this series of ‘sneak peeks’ into LEGION: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me, I pray they have piqued your interest into the fascinating story of a man known only by the ‘Legion’ that tormented him. Truly, there is so much more to this story than what I can accommodate in these short posts! But don’t just take my word for it, read what others are saying. Copyright © 2019 by Shadia Hrichi. Published by Leafwood Publishers.