Mark 5:1-20 – SALVATION’S STORY
I see this story of the demon possessed man as a picture of salvation. Consider:
THE PROBLEM OF SIN – Mark 5:1-7
Sin is associated with death. – Vs. 3 – This man was dwelling in the place of the death. Before a person knows Christ as Savior, he is among the dead (Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 6:23).
Sin can not be controlled – Vss. 4-5 – Man can not control his sin or atone for it! (Romans 3:1-23)
Sin separates between man and God – Vss. 6-7 – Just as this demon had nothing to do with God, or His Son, our sin has separated us from our holy God. (Isaiah 59:2)
THE POWER OF THE SAVIOR – Mark 5:8- 15
Jesus used His power to cast out the demon. – Vss. 8-13 – Jesus also used His power to pay for our sins. (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:6-9)
The man was changed because of Jesus’ Power. – Vss. 13-15 – We are changed when we place our faith in Christ and become born again (2 Corinthians 5:21).
He was sitting – We are seated in “Heavenly Places” in Christ and are citizens of heaven. – Ephesians 2:6, Philippians 3:20
He was clothed – We are clothed with the righteousness of Christ. (Romans 8:1) The word justified means to be declared righteous.
He was in His right mind – We have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
THE PROCLAMATION OF SALVATION – Mark 5:16-20
This man was sent home to tell his friends what God had done for him.
We are sent to a dying world to tell all what Christ has done for us. Psalm 107:2, Mark 16:15, 1 Peter 3:15