In Mark 5:1-20, we meet a man named Legion with an unclean spirit. Legion lived in the tombs.
As soon as he got out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came out of the tombs and met him. He lived in the tombs, and no one was able to restrain him anymore – not even with a chain because he often had been bound with shackles and chains, but had torn the chains apart and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Mark 5:2-4
This man could not be restrained even with chains. Either the demons that possessed him were “crazy strong,” or the chains were weak. Unlike the plastic handcuffs at stores today, we can pretty much say these chains were metal chains that were not easily broken. Scripture also states his name is Legion because the number of demons that possessed him were many. I don’t know about you, but this guy was scary and uncontrollable. NO ONE could control him. Other things we know about Legion is that he would cry out at night and cut himself with stones (verse 5). What torment and anguish he must have gone through and he could not do anything about it. . . until one day. Let me say it again, until one day when JESUS crossed the sea to the region of Gerasenes. That day would change this man’s life forever. Let me just stop right here and shout while doing a victory dance just thinking about the power of Jesus. I know where this is going and can I get a HALLELUJAH in advance?! Jesus commanded the demons to come out of Legion, and they obeyed! The Lord then sent the demons into a herd of pigs nearby. Let’s continue.
Once Jesus sent the demons to the 2,000 pigs, Legion was in his right mind and dressed. I wish I could insert the shocked emoji right here. What a God! Strong chains that were weak for strong demons, but those strong demons had nothing on our Great God. So think for a minute with me. What does this mean for you and me? In what areas do you need healing? With what areas do you need a “right mind?” I have those areas that can temporarily have some control over me. People pleasing, fear, anxiety to name a few. I have had situations where I have been on the floor crying out to God. God is stronger than the strongest of issues in our lives. Let me say it again. GOD IS STRONGER! Claim that truth today that Jesus has all authority to send your demons to the pigs.
“Lord, heal our hearts. When life is out-of-control, control us, focus us on who You are and the power You have over sing and darkness. Open our eyes and hearts to freely worship You, oh Lord. We give You praise, Jesus, because when you come there is freedom. Thank You for being Lord over all. Amen.”
About the Writer:
Jourdan has been a member of FBD for 11 years and sings in the Celebration Choir. She works as a full-time physical therapist and has a heart for medical missions. She loves encouraging others in the Lord.