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. Mark 5:6-8
Today we see again Jesus demonstrates his power and authority over the supernatural as Lord of Lords. He meets a Gentile who is possessed with multiple demons, living in a cemetery, cutting himself, the man has been overtaken by the demonic forces in his life.
Notice the reaction when the demons see Jesus, first they worship Christ, then they beg Jesus not to torment them. Notice as it is written “Every knee will bow” even the demons bow to the Lord Jesus Christ! Notice the title they address Jesus by “Son of the Most High God” , the demons know Jesus has the power and authority to destroy them
Jesus commands the demons to come out of the man! Notice the power and authority Christ has displayed against the demonic forces, this is a glimpse of the New Covenant
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. Mark 5:9-12
Jesus commanded the demons to identify themselves, and they obeyed and revealed their name was Legion, because there was many of them. The word “Legion” was a Roman term, meaning potential tens of thousands. This man could have been possessed with numerous demons.
The demons begged Jesus not to send them away, meaning sending them to the Abyss! They beg Jesus to send them into a herd of pigs instead and he allows them to. Again notice the power and authority of Christ
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. Mark 5:13-15
When the pigs got filled with the demons they ran off a cliff and killed themselves. Notice the symbolism of their death, they drowned off a clif, foreshadowing the Lake of Fire, the future event for Satan and his demons
When the people saw the Gentile man “in his right mind” they were terrified. Imagine that for a reaction. Instead of rejoicing over the man’s transformation , they wanted Jesus to leave! Does that sound familiar?
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. Mark 5:18-19
The man begged Jesus to let him go with him but Jesus told him “Go home and tell your friends the great things The Lord has done for you” Are you telling others the great things Jesus has done for you?
Preach the gospel and tell them about Jesus Amen!