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  • 1. The Essential Jesus asRevealed in the Gospel of Mark
  • 2. I’m going to leave the weather forecasting to the pros!
  • 3. Palm Sunday – An Ancient Prophecy fulfilled in ChristEaster Sunday –The Glory of the Resurrection!April 7th – reMARKable (finish chp. 5)April 14th – Grace around the World Missions Conference (Dave Guiles)
  • 4. Sharpening Our Focus on Christ!Five passages each week to help us “fix our eyes upon Jesus!”
  • 5. The Essential Jesus asRevealed in the Gospel of Mark
  • 6. Mark 4:35 thru end of chp. 54:35-41 – Jesus’ sovereignty over the natural realm (wind and sea)5:1-20 – Jesus’ sovereignty over the supernatural realm (demons)5:21-43 – Jesus’ sovereignty over both (death)
  • 7. Jesus’ sovereignty over supernatural realmMark 5:1They came to the other side of the sea,to the country of the Gerasenes.Mark 4:35On that day, when evening had come, hesaid to them, “Let us go across to theother side.”
  • 8. The story’s setting . . .
  • 9. Jesus’ sovereignty over supernatural realmJesus encounters . . .- A dismal situation (vv. 2-5)- A supernatural confrontation (vv. 6-13)- A dual reaction (vv. 14-20)
  • 10. A dismal situation (vv. 2-5)Mark 5:2And when Jesus had stepped out of theboat, immediately there met him out ofthe tombs a man with an unclean spirit. “a demon-possessed man.” (v. 15)
  • 11. A dismal situation (vv. 2-5)Mark 5:3-4He lived among the tombs. And no onecould bind him anymore, not even with achain, for he had often been bound withshackles and chains, but he wrenched thechains apart, and he broke the shacklesin pieces. No one had the strength tosubdue him.
  • 12. A dismal situation (vv. 2-5)Mark 5:5Night and day among the tombs and onthe mountains he was always crying outand cutting himself with stones.
  • 13. A supernatural confrontation (vv. 6-13)Mark 5:6-7And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ranand fell down before him. And crying outwith a loud voice, he said, “What haveyou to do with me, Jesus, Son of theMost High God? I adjure you by God, donot torment me.”
  • 14. A supernatural confrontation (vv. 6-13)Mark 5:8For he was saying to him, “Come out ofthe man, you unclean spirit!”Luke 8:31And they begged him not to commandthem to depart into the abyss.
  • 15. A supernatural confrontation (vv. 6-13)2 Peter 2:4For if God did not spare angels when theysinned, but cast them into hell andcommitted them to chains of gloomydarkness to be kept until the judgment. . . “Tartarus” (from Greek mythology) The “bottomless pit” of Revelation
  • 16. A supernatural confrontation (vv. 6-13) How The tormentors ironic is did not want to be this? tormented!
  • 17. A supernatural confrontation (vv. 6-13)Mark 5:9And Jesus asked him, “What is yourname?” He replied, “My name is Legion,for we are many.”Mark 5:10And he begged him earnestly not to sendthem out of the country.
  • 18. A supernatural confrontation (vv. 6-13)Mark 5:11-12Now a great herd of pigs was feedingthere on the hillside, and they beggedhim, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let usenter them.”
  • 19. “The death of the pigs demonstrates the ultimate aim of demonicpossession. The first purpose is to mar the image of God in the personpossessed. This was pitifully evident inthe man from the tombs. The second goal is death. What happened to thepigs was what would have eventually happened to the man.” Michael Card
  • 20. A supernatural confrontation (vv. 6-13)Mark 5:13So he gave them permission. And theunclean spirits came out and entered thepigs; and the herd, numbering about twothousand, rushed down the steep bankinto the sea and drowned in the sea.
  • 21. A supernatural confrontation (vv. 6-13)Deuteronomy 29:29The secret things belong to the Lord ourGod, but the things that are revealedbelong to us and to our children forever,that we may do all the words of this law.
  • 22. Jesus’ sovereignty over supernatural realmJesus encounters . . .- A dismal situation (vv. 2-5)- A supernatural confrontation (vv. 6-13)-A dual reaction (vv. 14-20) - “The Crowd” - The man who had been set free
  • 23. A dual reaction (vv. 14-20) “The Crowd”Mark 5:14-15The herdsmen fled and told it in the cityand in the country. And people came tosee what it was that had happened. Andthey came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had thelegion, sitting there, clothed and in hisright mind, and they were afraid.
  • 24. A dual reaction (vv. 14-20) “The Crowd”Mark 5:16And those who had seen it described tothem what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs.Mark 5:17And they began to beg Jesus to departfrom their region.
  • 25. A dual reaction (vv. 14-20) The man set freeJohn 3:19-20And this is the judgment: the light hascome into the world, and people loved thedarkness rather than the light becausetheir works were evil. For everyone whodoes wicked things hates the light anddoes not come to the light, lest hisworks should be exposed.
  • 26. A dual reaction (vv. 14-20) The man set freeMark 5:18As he was getting into the boat, the manwho had been possessed with demonsbegged him that he might be with him.
  • 27. A dual reaction (vv. 14-20) The man set freeMark 5:19And he did not permit him but said tohim, “Go home to your friends and tellthem how much the Lord has done foryou, and how he has had mercy on you.”
  • 28. A dual reaction (vv. 14-20) The man set freeMark 5:20And he went away and began to proclaimin the Decapolis how much Jesus haddone for him, and everyone marveled.
  • 29. Jesus’ sovereignty over supernatural realmJesus encounters . . .- A dismal situation (vv. 2-5)- A supernatural confrontation (vv. 6-13)- A dual reaction (vv. 14-20)
  • 30. Today’s Takeaways1. There’s no such thing as “hopeless”when Jesus is in the situation! Jesus is portrayed here in Mark 5 as the Sovereign Lord of the Universe, who exercises his absolute authority over the most powerful forces of evil!
  • 31. Today’s Takeaways2. God’s ways are not our ways … Histhoughts not our thoughts!Isaiah 55:8-9For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways, declaresthe Lord. For as the heavens are higher thanthe earth, so are my ways higher than yourways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
  • 32. Today’s TakeawaysMark 5:10-12And he begged him earnestly not tosend them out of the country. Now agreat herd of pigs was feeding there onthe hillside, and they begged him,saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enterthem.”
  • 33. Today’s Takeaways As we go through life, we will encounter difficulties. And often these don’t get resolved in the manner we would like!
  • 34. Today’s Takeaways1. There’s no such thing as “hopeless”when Jesus is in the situation!2. God’s ways are not our ways … Histhoughts not our thoughts!
  • 35. Today’s Takeaways3. Just as Jesus left behind the man hehad freed to be a witness for him in adark place, Jesus has also left us behind.Therefore, let’s all get intentional and“GO AND TELL!”
  • 36. Today’s TakeawaysMark 5:19“Go home to your friends and tell themhow much the Lord has done for you,and how he has had mercy on you.”