and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain; Mark 5:3
In this healing Jesus not just dealing with a man who needs healing, this man is possessed with demons. How do we know this man has demons? Lets look at some of the characteristics of his behavior, living in a cemetery (worship of the dead) cutting himself with stones (Mark 5:4) (self hatred, mutilation)
God is Light, the opposite of God is darkness. Those who are obsessed with darkness, death, hatred, ect. are driven by demons. What compels someone to love death? Only someone who is manipulated by Satan
Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him; and shouting with a loud voice, he said, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!” Mark 5:6-7
Notice the man with demons reaction to the presence of Jesus Christ. He bowed down on his knees and begged Jesus not to throw them into Hell. Demons tremble at the name and sight of Jesus. There is no greater force than the Great I AM. Whatever demon may be influencing your life, it can be cast out in Jesus name!
Notice the demons acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God. Even demons, that hate God, are smart enough to recognize the Lord of Lords. Don’t be dumber than a condemned demon!
For He had been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” Mark 5:8
With One command Jesus drove out the demon, but it wasn’t just one demon but many. As the demon revealed to Jesus that his name was “Legion” because there were many demons living in this man. (Mark 5:9) And the demons begged Jesus not to cast them out (Mark 5:10)
Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea. Mark 5:13
A lot of interesting symbolism going on here. First the demons ask Jesus to allow them to enter pigs. Jesus allows them, and the pigs horrified by these evil spirits kill themselves off a cliff. Now remember pigs are considered “unclean” animals in Jewish culture. So its interesting unclean spirits would enter unclean animals.
Second the pigs plummeted down a cliff or an Abyss. Remember demons begged Jesus not to send them to the Abyss (Luke 8:31) Abyss is also symbolic for Hades.
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.” Mark 5:19
Regardless of how possessed or messed up this man was, Jesus was able to cleanse him of all evil and sin. Jesus can do the same for all of us, there is power in the name and blood of Jesus Christ Amen!