Summary: We must go and tell the World about Jesus. It begins with telling those closest to us. Sometimes it means telling other Christians the Gospel.
We don’t know his given name. He may have used the name legion a
long time. That is the way people knew him. Legion, swarmed by a
cloud of demons. Now he was healed, free and in his right mind. I
want to call him Marty. we'll find out why later. Marty wanted to follow Jesus. He wanted to be
close to Jesus. Marty wanted to live a life of radical obedience. But Jesus
told him to stay, not to go. Do not follow me.
As Jesus got into the boat Marty began to beg Jesus to let him
go with Him. I can imagine he walked into the water and stood holding
on to the side of the boat pleading for Jesus to let him climb in with
Jesus and the disciples. Did the disciples look at each other hoping
Jesus wouldn't let this crazy man in the boat? Or, did they think with
his testimony, it would be easier to draw the crowds?
He was the perfect one to leave everything and join in on Jesus’
mission. He had no belongings, no real tie to the village. He was an
outcast, a loner, everyone had written him off a long time ago. No one,
not even Jesus said a word about his family. He wouldn't be missed.
He was the type of man that the FBI or CIA recruits for
dangerous missions– they have nothing to lose. It is also the type of
person we expect to on foreign missions and share the gospel. Send
him, I have family, a job, friends, a reputation, I have roots here and I
won’t do well being transplanted in a foreign country. Besides, I don’t
like to speak in front of crowds. I don’t have an amazing story of
healing or insight like this man. Send Legion or what’s his new name?
Marty, send Marty. It’s a win-win for everyone. He’s worn out his
welcome here and you can take the one formerly known as Legion and
show him to everyone.
Jesus said “You can’t go with me” Mark 5:19 "Go home to your
friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had
mercy on you." Jesus said go home. Even though he may have thought he
had nothing, Jesus knew he still had a home to go to. He also had
friends. He had a place to go and people to talk to. Jesus gave Marty
a mission. “Go and tell” that is why I name him Marty–because the Greek word
for witness is Martyro. Jesus told this man “You still have people who
care. A place to go. Tell them your story - what the Master did, how he
had mercy on you."
You see telling the Good News is not just for foreign missionaries, or
for pastors going to the slums. It is for each of us. In our homes and
with our friends, we have a story to tell a bout Jesus.
We will look at 4 reasons why we should tell the gospel to
friends, close to home, even why we should tell others who are already
1. Because the Gospel is a message to be given, not just received.
Mark 16:15 "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
Matt 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
Luke 24:47 repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name
to all nations,
Acts 1:8 you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and
to the end of the earth."
Jesus said He would make the disciples fishers of men, and He told
them to pray for laborers for the harvest. You fish where the fish are
and labor where the harvest is. We must start where we are and tell the
Another reason to tell the Gospel to each other is the matter of
discipleship. I once saw a t-shirt that said “Fishers of Men, we catch
em, God cleans em.” While it is true that Jesus alone saves by God’s
grace through faith; every Christian must grow to maturity in the local
church with local believers. Part of that cleaning can only happen as
Christians share their stories. Prov 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man
sharpens another. Heb 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another
to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some,
but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
In addition to bible Study and worship, discipleship is an often
overlooked but very important learning experience for every Christian.
Tell your story of being lost, then redeemed, forgiven, and saved. This