Summary: No one who ever encounters Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will ever be the same person that they once were.
"What A Difference Christ Makes"
Text: Mark 5:1-20
"And they came over unto the other side of the sea,
into the country of the Gadarenes.
And when he was come out of the ship, immediately
there met him out of the tombs a man with an un-
Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man
could bind him, no, not with chains:
Because that he had been often bound with fetters
and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder
by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither
could any man tame him.
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains,
and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with
But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worship-
And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I
to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high
God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me
For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou
And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answer-
ed, ssying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
And he besought him much that he would not send
them away out of the country,
Now there was thre night unto the mountains a great
herd of swine feeding.
And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us
into the swine, that we may enter into them.
And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the un-
clean 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.
And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in
the city, and in the country. And they went out
to see what it was that was done.
And they come to Jesus, and see him that was poss-
essed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting,
and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were
And they that saw it told them how it befell to him
that had was possessed with the devil, and also con-
cerning the swine.
And they began to pray him to depart out of their
And when he was come into the ship, he that had
been possessed with the devil prayed him that he
might be with him.
Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him,
Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great
things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had
compassion on thee.
And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis
how great things Jesus had done for him: and all
men did marvel."
This is truly one of the most amazing stories
recorded in the Word of God. It is one of my fav-
orites, because it illustrates the dramatic diff-
erence that Jesus can make in anyone’s life.
We need to believe in, and proclaim, the power
of God to change any life. If He can change the
Gadarene, He can change anyone. If He can save
the Gadarene, and make him a completely different
person, then He can do that for anyone we might
encounter in proclaiming the Gospel of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ.
Do we really believe, though, that God can
actually change anyone? What about the drunk on
the streets of that seaport city? What about the
person hooked on powerful, mood-altering drugs?
What about the rich and famous successful movie
star, whose heart is empty and afraid? What about
the little child only, say 5-6 years old, who has
heard the Gospel and wants to accept Jesus? What
about the cultist, drowning in religion, but with-
out Christ, and without life? He can, indeed,
alter any ego, change any life, convert any hard-
ened criminal, rescue anyone captivated by any form
of immoral lifestyle.
2nd Corinthians 5:17 says-"Therefore, if any man
be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are
passed away; behold, all things are become new."
Let’s see this truth illustrated in the life of
I. First, Let’s see him chained, crying, and
cutting himself with stones.
This is a pitiful, but accurate picture of a
Devil-controlled life. He wasn’t a very good
advertisement for Satan to put on his business
to try to attract new customers.
The picture thus painted is of a man in turmoil,
with a war going on within his soul. He had
often been bound with fetters and chains, but
no man could tame him. He lived among the dead,
and he was dead-spiritually, yet he was walking
and breathing, a captive of the kingdom of
darkness and sin.
Illustration-I once met a young man very much