Mark 5:1-8, "They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
The demon-possessed man was struggling with something that not only kept him up all night, but it was also something he had dealt with for a very long time. He was in constant agony and wanted relief so badly. He would cut himself out of frustration, irritation and desperation, wondering why he was dealing with this issue. Do you ever find yourself so frustrated that you hurt not only yourself but others? Ever struggle about why you’re in a particular situation? Notice that in this passage, the man saw Jesus, ran to Him, laid it down at His feet and was changed forever. After his encounter with the Messiah, he was purposely sent back to his hometown so people could see the change that Jesus made in him.
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