by Jeff Strite

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Dealing With Personal Demons (3 of 5)
Series: Real Life With Jesus
Jeff Strite
Mark 5:1-20

A man often walked through a cemetery on his way home. One night, though, unaware that a new grave had been dug in his path, he tumbled in. For some time he struggled to get out of the 7 foot deep grave, but finally gave up and settled down for the night.

An hour later, a farmer out possum hunting came walking through the cemetery and he too fell into the grave. He began a desperate attempt to get out, unaware that there was anyone else in the grave.

The first man listened to him for a few minutes, then reached over in the pitch darkness and laid a hand on his shoulder. "You can’t get out of here," he said...
but he did.

Demon possession…
Throughout the New Testament, we’re told of times when Jesus or Apostles cast demons out of people. But nowhere in the Bible is the description of demon possession more graphic and horrifying than here in Mark 5.

This guy is scary…
He lives in a graveyard.
He’s unshaven, ragged.
And he’s scarred from chains and shackles that have been unable to bind him.
We’re not sure what he’s wearing - but if he’s wearing clothes at all - it isn’t much.

His face has a dark haunted look to it. And his body bears the marks of cuts he’s made on it with sharp stones. He may even be bleeding as he runs down the path to Jesus.

Every night and every day, he prowls the hills around the graveyard howling and screeching in a crazed torment of a man whose personal demons will not let him rest.

And had you the courage to get close enough to talk with him, you’d have heard him shout at you and perhaps heard the demonic echoes of several different voices in unison. For the demons within him were legion.

He’s scary.
Not only would you not want to meet him in a dark cemetery, you wouldn’t want to meet him on a crowded street in broad day light.
He’s a dangerous and frightening man.

I. Now the Bible doesn’t tell us ...

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