Summary: Truths about Satan’s efforts to control men and Jesus’ power to free them.

  Study Tools
  Study Tools


Introduction: Tell the story: 2 men – possessed by devils, cry out to Jesus for ‘mercy’ – Jesus casts them out of the 2 men, allow them to go into a herd of swine (Mark 5:13 – 2000 swine), the pigs immediately rush into the sea and are destroyed – dead.

The keepers of the swine run into town to tell what happened (to make sure they weren’t blamed for the death of the pigs) … the people came out to see - they saw Jesus, they saw the demon possessed sitting fully clothed in his right mind (Mark 5:15), and they saw all of the dead pigs floating in the water.

The whole town begged Jesus to leave … and He did … and, as far as we know, He never returned.


1/ The Devil is real (28-29)

not a fantasy, the devil and his demonic power is real and infecting the lives of people

2/ Demon possession is real (28-29)

the men were possessed … they were controlled … they were out of control, because they were under demon control. The acted strangely – they acted in a self-destructive way – their demon possession caused them to be loners, violent, destructive

3/ Jesus cared for the worst of men (28-30)

everyone else had deserted these men … the townspeople wanted nothing to do with them – their families had separated themselves from them – their actions were despicable, their dwelling was unclean and morbid, they were disgusting – and they could not stop

4/ Jesus had absolute control of the demonic forces (28-32)

they cried out to Him … they begged for mercy … they asked that they not be sent to their eternal prison (hell, abyss) … they requested permission to go in to the swine … they were given permission (they could not do anything but by Jesus’ permission)

5/ The demons want to possess a body (31-32)

the demons did not want to be in a disembodied state – they wanted to possess a body – if not a human, an animal … demons need a body to accomplish their tasks, they are spirits and cannot do what a body can do.

6/ The desire of the devil and his demons is to DESTROY you (32)

they had caused the men to be self-destructive (see Mark 5:3-5), they immediately destroyed the pigs … Satan’s lie is “You will like this – it is best for you” --- he told that lie to EVE … but the end of Satan’s domination is destruction

7/ People care more about things than God (34)

the people did not care about the power of God to deliver from Satan’s bondage … they did not care about what Jesus had done or could do … all they cared about were the pigs. They didn’t want to lose any more pigs – they didn’t want to suffer financially – they didn’t want to lose their things ------- unfortunately, this reality is true of many believers, not just unbelievers (why Jesus warned: Luke 12:15)

8/ Jesus cares about you – your earthly friends don’t (34 – Mark 5:15-17)

Jesus met them, Jesus freed them, Jesus gave them back their life – their family – their sanity – their dignity … Jesus freed them from sin and demonic power, because Jesus care about them.

Their “friends” didn’t care about them – they weren’t rejoicing that they had been set free … they were gladly welcoming them back to the world of sane people … they weren’t happy that they had been delivered from the demons …. Their friends only cared about their pigs – they were more concerned about their pigs than these men!!!!

Download Sermon With PRO View On One Page With PRO
Browse All Media

Related Media

Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion