Legion – Tom Tanner

Mark 5:1-20

1.  Jesus finds a hopeless man.  C.S. Lewis speaking of his life before Jesus said, “My life was a zoo of lusts, a bedlam of ambitions, a nursery of fears, a harem of fondled hatreds.  My name was Legion.”  People today are just as hopeless, just as empty, just as desperate…UNTIL JESUS.  Without Jesus all we have is life in a graveyard.  It’s not enough to rename the demons.  They have to be exorcised.

2. The hopeless man has a healing encounter.  As demonized as he was, oppressed by as many as 6000 demons, he was still drawn to Jesus.  Only Jesus was able to help him.  That is why it is so important that we engage the lost and lonely.  We have the only true answer.

3. Homeward call.  There is no more important place to take Jesus than home.

Legion lived outside a community.

…because they couldn’t fix him, they isolated him.

…they offered control more than freedom.

…they rejected the presence of God.  They were actually happier when the man was demonized, the pigs were alive, and Jesus was somewhere else.  The kingdom of God came into their town and their response was…we don’t care.  This community was indifferent to the presence of God.

When the power of God moves among us, we always have a choice… EMBRACE OR REJECT.  If we reject the supernatural presence of God, we will be left chained in a graveyard of hopelessness.  Or left to live in a community that cares more about pigs than people.