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Mark 5:1-20

Mark 5:1-20

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Series: The Gospel of Mark
Sermon: Jesus the Lord, Stronger than the Strong Man
Bible Passage: Mark 5:1-20

I. After a daylong ministry in Galilee followed by a tempestuous storm in the night, Jesus goes to the “other side”—cemeteries, pigs, Gentiles, and a man with unclean spirits (verse 1)

II. Some abnormal situations:

1. Jesus goes to a place where He was not invited
2. Wherever Jesus went, people gathered, but not in this place
3. Sick people wanted Jesus to heal them, but not the demoniac (verses 6-7)
4. Jesus did not announce the arrival of the Kingdom of God
5. The disciples do not seem to play any role in the story
6. The people who came to see this man were more concerned about the pigs than the one who was made clean (verses 14-17)
7. The people of the village were uncomfortable with Jesus (verses 14-17)

III. The demoniac was under the complete control of unclean spirits

1.He was possessed by impure spirits
2. He was probably the most alienated, lonely man
3. He was hurting himself and couldn’t be restrained
4. He had the strength of a legion (6000 soldiers)—but Jesus is stronger because the demoniac fell at Jesus’ feet, obeyed Him, and left the man
5. Most likely, today’s experts would interpret his problems as “chemical imbalance,” “bi-polar,” or “childhood abuse”

a. A lot of human deviant behaviors have their source in demons
b. Though this passage does not focus on demon possession, it teaches about it—the first century world
c. When a person is possessed, his/her natural, god given natural life is dominated by what is not natural

IV. The demoniac rushed to Jesus

1. Not to be cured, but to protect himself from Jesus
2. He was disturbed because Jesus is the strong man—
3. The demoniac seems to be answering the disciples’ question “Who is this?”

a. Then he cried out with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I implore you by God—do not torment me!”
b. And then Jesus tells who He is, i.e., “Lord”

i. The title “Lord” refers to Adonai
ii. The title refers to the one who is above everything (cf. Acts 2:36; 1 Cor 15:28, Phil 2:11; Eph 1:10)

IV. The man was healed

1. They came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man sitting there, clothed and in his right mind (verse 15)
2. The man who had been demon-possessed asked if he could go with Jesus (verse 15)
3. He went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis what Jesus had done for him, and all were amazed (verse 20)

a.Is he the mustard seed of Mark 4:30-32?
b. Or is he the growing seed of Mark 4:26-29?
c. Or is he the lamp of Mark 4:21-25?
d. Is he the seed fallen on the good ground (Mark 4:8)?

4. Jesus asks the man to do one thing: “Go to your home and to your people and tell them what the Lord has done for you, that he had mercy on you.” (verse 19)—to be a proclaimer
5. The demoniac is the first missionary (pre-resurrection Christian missionary)
6. Though his wish to accompany Jesus was not met, he faithfully carried out Jesus’ command

V. Just as Jesus did to a leper, paralytic, tax collector, He goes after a helpless, lonely, rejected man—Mark records two others: the woman with a flow and Roman officer

1. Jesus is stronger than the Strong Man of 3:27 to invade the territory of Satan
2. Jesus is the Savior of those who were in the fringes—an aspect of the Kingdom (Jesus went to this place just for one person!)
3. Jesus is the real Jonah (Jonah’s birthplace 2 Kings 14:25, a km north of Nazareth)

VI. The command “Go to your home and to your people and tell them what the Lord has done for you, that he had mercy on you.” (verse 19) seems to be the thrust of this passage

1. Jesus’ identity “Lord”
2. The demoniac did not deserve Jesus going and delivering Him
3. It is an act of “mercy”
4. It is the Gospel
5. The man’s response is testimony

Take Away:

1. Reach out to someone who is hurting
2. Share what the Lord has done to you with others

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org