David A. Cawston
- Are you ever haunted by the memory of previous failures or mistakes?
- When you are quiet or alone, does your mind ever drift back to the memories which hurt or cause remorse?
- When you meet people, do they remind you of past inadequacies and failures?
- Do you ever have feelings of self incrimination?
- Have you ever felt like resigning from the human race?
- Do you ever feel all wrapped up in yourself and realize that it is a pretty small package to offer others?
Our answer to this personal inventory, prepare us to consider the story of the healing of Legion in Mark 5:1-20.
How did he get that way?
What caused this mans extreme condition?
Many of us are troubled by the beginnings of Legions symptoms to some degree.
Mark shows to us the extremity of human need in this man called Legion and even the subtle sickness of the herdsman and the townspeople, for the demons in Legion cried out to be left alone. The people begged Jesus to leave their country and herdsman to trouble them no more.
What Jesus Christ did for the demoniac of the Gadarenes, is what we need Him to do for us.
The story can be easily be bypassed as just a man that was delivered of demon possession and yet Mark has given us a dramatic demonstration of what happens to a human being, who is separated from God, deeply scarred by the pains of the past and tries to live on his own resources.
Because of that his life becomes fragmented, withdrawn and then ultimately possessed.
It is Jesus Christ that brought it all together. Brought wholeness, oneness with God and himself.
Let's look at four aspects of this story in Mark.
I. Think about his legacy.
Like all of God's people he had been endowed with a conscience. Over the years the things he had learned to be right and wrong had blended within him. Soon he began to dislike himself for what he had done and who he was. Depression began to set in and ...
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