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Demoniac of Gadara


The story of the Demoniac of Gadara is one that most people know whether they heard it at church, from a family member or a church service, or maybe they know it by heart because it stuck with them in some way and rightfully so. The story is one about a real man who was tormented, day and night, by demonic possession and the situation became so troubling that the villagers had to run this man out of the village.

The man made life so chaotic for others that he was forced to live among the tombs in the cemetery. Scripture explains “Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:” (Mark 5:3). The man was of supernatural strength because of the demons living inside of him and he cried out because of his torments and self-destructive behavior: “And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.” (Mark 5:5).

The demons inside answered Christ’s question “What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.” (Mark 5:9). If this man was alive today and facing the same circumstances and living in the same situations, he would be made a television stay because many people love train wrecks and although you know it’s wrong to look, you just have to get a glimpse. This is truly a live that had been ruined by sin but the story does not end there as the man saw hope in the form of Jesus Christ and once he had the opportunity, he chased down and worshiped Christ.

No, this is not a parable told by Christ but is another example of how Christ works. He is truly the miracle maker and the way and this man knew it and despite being demon possessed, cried out to Christ and was given a new hope and a new life: “For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit” (Mark 5:8) and “And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea” (Mark 5:13). In today’s modern society, this would be a rags to riches story.

Although the story of the demoniac of Gadara does not end there, I want to stress the fact that there is light at the end of the tunnel for each and every soul. When we go through bad times, we will find a way out and when we are fearful or scared or feel anxiety about something, we do not have to stress them because Christ is there. Just like He did for this man that was possessed by many demons, He will rescue each of us because He loves us and this is His nature: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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