“And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.” Mark 5:1-17 (KJV)
SEEKING FOR FREEDOM FROM A DEMONIC POWER AND PRESENCE. (Mark 5:1-17). If you look at the state of this man he is in a miserable condition. If you want to know what Satan can do for you just take a look at this man and you will see. He will leave you naked, hungry, poor, desolate, isolated, cold, deserted, lonely, and hopeless. Is that the kind of life you want? Is that the kind of life you want for a family member? Is that the kind of life you want for a neighbor? I would think not.
We live in a period of time where even some Christians are doubtful of demonic existence. If we are to believe God and His Word, then we have no contrary opinion on the matter. We believe it or we do not believe God or His Word. There are some who want to equate this to what could be called “epilepsy”, “lunacy”, or “frenzy”. How does one who does not believe in demonic influence explain “broken chains” and “cords”, and that no one could control him.
You will notice that the demon who is speaking to Jesus knows who Jesus is. He calls Jesus, “Son of the most high God”. It seems to me that it is the man who comes out, and seeking Jesus. It was not just “coincidence” which brought Jesus to this side of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus said in chapter 4, “Let us go to the other side”, and there was this man waiting there to be freed from this terrible bondage.
It seems this place is made up of Gentiles, because no Jewish people would be raising swine, and they have very little concern that a man has been freed from the bondage of a demon, and he is now in his “right mind”. They were more concerned with the 2000 pigs that perished than they were for the man. If we are not careful we can get so worldly minded we are of no heavenly good. Jesus cares for the man, not material possessions.
J. C. Ryle points out these things about the situation:
‘The possession of a man’s body by the devil, was a real and true thing in the time of our Lord’s earthly ministry.
What an awfully cruel, powerful, and malicious being Satan is.
How complete is our Lord’s power and authority over the devil.”
As born again people – born from above and into the kingdom of God – we have no need to fear demons, hell or the devil. He is a mighty foe, and he does seek to steal, kill and destroy anything of God’s he can get his hands on. The apostle John tells us, “Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
“And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.” Mark 5:18-20 (KJV)
A FREED PEOPLE SEEK TO TELL OTHERS HOW TO BE FREE. (Mark 5:18-20). This man who had been possessed by a “Legion” of demons is now free and He desires to go with Jesus as He is leaving. Jesus knows the best position for one to be in. He tells the man to go to his home, and to tell his family and friends “how great things the Lord has done for you”.
It would only take a moment. He had been enslaved by demons and many tried to control him with chains, and various types of bonds, but none would do. Finally, he meets Jesus and is freed by the mere words of Jesus. I cannot begin to think I could know how this man felt to have a clear mind, to be free from the invisible chains which drove him to such “insanity”, and “gross behavior”. In any case it is similar to the freedom we all experience when we first trust Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We were bound by chains of sin and darkness, and condemned to an eternity without Christ to the fires of Hell, and when we met Jesus He set us free, and gave us eternal life in His presence.
We have much to tell our friends and family. Let us do it with such excitement and enthusiasm as our friend in the tombs did. We have been freed by Jesus, just as the man in the tombs was, let us be as free to share our testimony with our friends and loved ones. They need to know.
“And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” Mark 5:21-34 (KJV)
A WOMAN SEEKS FOR FREEDOM FROM HER TWELVE YEAR PHYSICAL AFFLICTION. (Mark 5:21-34). It so happens that Jesus and His disciples have gone back to the West side of the Sea of Galilee now and there is a multitude waiting for them there. Jairus, a “ruler of the synagogue” has approached Jesus concerning his “deathly ill” daughter. As Jesus is walking through the crowd there is a woman who has been ill for twelve years with an “issue of blood”. She has spent much of her money for “Physicians” to try and find out what is wrong with her, but to no avail. She sees her only hope as being Jesus as he is in the crowd. Her faith says, “If I may but touch the hem of His garment I will be healed”.
When she touches Jesus’ garment she “felt in her body that she was healed of that plague”. Only thing Jesus realized there had been some “Power” go out from Himself, and He turned to see who had “touched Him”. Was He angry? No! It seems to me that He was very much impressed with this woman of “Faith”. Jesus asked, “Who touched my clothes?” Well! My goodness many said and we would do the same. Lord, You are in a crowd of people, of course someone touched You. It was a purposeful touch, not a accidental touch one might get while walking in a crowd of people. It would be like being in a large mall and you have someone come up and purposefully grab your shirttail or coattail and you turn to see who it is and it is a friend. I doubt the touch was as vigorous as that, but it would have a little similarity to it.
Can you imagine being afflicted with a plague such as this woman has endured for twelve years. Can you imagine her desperation to find a cure, healing, help in any fashion. This could not have been good for her health. It is really kind of a marvel that she has not died.
Jesus commends her for her “Faith”. “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. Mark 5:34 (KJV)”. Then, Jesus goes on with the man [Jairus] who came for Him concerning His daughter.
Do we have the faith of this woman. Willing to risk it all knowing that Jesus is our only hope for healing, health, life and eternal life. Put your faith in Jesus, He will see you through it all.
“While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.” Mark 5:35-43 (KJV)
THE DAUGHTER DIES, BUT DO NOT BE AFRAID – JESUS RAISES HER TO LIFE AGAIN. (Mark 5:35-43). Certainly, as we look at this event, of this “ruler of the synagogue” and his daughter we can learn at least two things. First of all sin, illness, disease, death, and sorrow does not play favorites with age, and secondly, they do not play favorites with religious or political stature. This child was twelve years of age. The same period of time as that of the woman who was healed of her affliction. It is bound to happen to any of us. Death, disease, sickness, and plague hits us all, and it is to us all that the Scripture says,
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)
The only sad part about this event is that this young lady of twelve years would one day die again, and this time it was without Jesus raising her again. It is sure that one day we will die, and our age or social stature will have no way of prevention in it.
It is evident that this “ruler” had respect for Jesus. Note the words of his servant, “Why troublest thou the Master any further?” This “Ruler” had evidently been teaching about Jesus or this man knew who Jesus was too. It is amazing what people will do to find healing – even in our day. People who have the means have been known to look the world over for a cure for cancer, or any other long, drawn out illness. What if you do not have the “Means”? What do you do then? You can find rest, peace, security in Jesus.
The life of this young lady is not over yet, as long as Jesus can see her. The real faith is seen in the girls father. Despite the possibility of suffering ridicule from his peers in the “Ministry” he seeks out Jesus. He risks his religious reputation to find Jesus to heal his daughter.
What is the life of a lost loved one worth? That is a question we must ask ourselves and ask it every day.
The girl had died, but Jesus says to Jairus, “Be not afraid, only believe”. Jesus is laughed to scorn by those who are there to “Mourn” the death of the child. They are most likely paid mourners who have come for this purpose of mourning the dead for the family. Jesus says that she is only asleep. Cannot be a funeral if she is only asleep. Jesus “Puts them all out”, and then He takes those who will believe with Him. He “Put them all out” sounds as though He used a little force to do it. “Get out! Get out!” Can you see it? And people are always saying Jesus was always without anger. Not so. He is angry with the wicked, and everyday according to the Psalmist (Psalm 7:11).
-Tim A. Blankenship