Jesus is stronger than the storms (Mark 4:35-41). He is stronger than death (Mark 5:21-43). In Mark 5:1-20 He takes on an army of demons to prove Himself stronger than the Strong Man (Mark 3:27).
Sermon in brief...
The Before and After shots of this demonized man would be something to behold!
Before: living among tombs, naked, cutting himself, unable to be held by the strongest chains, screaming out night and day.
After: Seated, dressed, in his right mind.
How powerful is Jesus?
If one boxer knocks out another that shows a certain strength
But what if one boxer simply commanded his opponent and his opponent knocked himself out. That's power. That's what Jesus displays.
Jesus proves Himself much the bigger fish which makes Him incredibly scary
The locals want Him gone - that kind of power, that kind of liberation even is too threatening. We are too attached to our little slaveries to naturally want Jesus' power around.
The stunning thing is - when they ask Him to leave, He goes.
Amazingly Jesus grants the requests of the unclean spirits, He grants the request of the hostile crowd, there's only one request He denies - that of the delivered man.
This man just wants to be with Jesus - isn't that a good request? Shouldn't Jesus grant this?
Jesus says 'no'. Why? He sends the man back as a missionary.
He's like us - freed to witness. We just want to be with Jesus but there's a job to be done first.
When Jesus returns to the region in Mark 7 and 8 He feeds the 4000. You can imagine the reunion. The man had been witnessing in the region and had perhaps brought many people to Jesus. On that day they would feast together. The man back in the company of his Redeemer, feasting with Christ and with those he's brought to Christ.
Same with us. The only reason we're not with Jesus now is that we might tell others (beginning with our family) of the Lord's mercy. But one day we'll be face to face and we'll feast.
And in the meantime know this: Jesus is more powerful that the strongest forces of destruction in your life. You can't change yourself - you're the littlest fish. But He is stronger.