by Jerry Watts

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A Needed Salvation (21 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
Jerry Watts
Mark 5:1-15

Today, let's not overcomplicate this narrative from the life of Jesus. In point of fact, Jesus sees a man with a need, it is a deep need, and He meets the need. Case closed.

I submit to you that every person who does not know Christ personally and intimately bears a resemblance, in the eyes of Jesus, to this demon possessed man. This man presents us a clear picture of those Jesus came and died for. It was a picture of before I met Jesus. Consider:

1) The Condition of a Pathetic Sinner - Political Correctness tells us to never tag a person with the title 'pathetic' or 'sinner,' yet the Bible bears out this description. (As an aside and in general: the closer we come to political correctness, the further we go from God's truth). The text gives 6 words or concepts which describe this man (and possibly all who are apart from Christ)

a) The Cemetery - Verse 2 and 3 tells us that he was out of the tombs and that he lived in the cemetery. On the shores of the sea were the mountains and carved into the side of the mountains were the tombs, the graves, the cemetery, and this was separated from the little community. This man was filled with an unclean spirit (a demon) and since he was filled with this evil, he had little desire to be a part of 'The land of the living'. It resembles the person who is lost and apart from Christ - and thus, don't desire to be a part of people who know Christ.

b) The Chains - After this man has displayed his evilness, the people attempted to chain or bind him, but found little success. Once again, the world was attempting a human answer to a spiritual problem. Humans know very little about the cure for the evilness in the soul, we only know about locking down, chaining up, and throwing out such evil. Like this man, human chains cannot bind nor hold spiritual evil. The sinner cannot help himself as he's a stranger to God an ...

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