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 unclean spirit,
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 stones.
But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
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 not.
For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, 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 there nigh 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 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.
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 possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
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.
Telling your Story
Can you imagine the anguish this demon-possessed man must have experienced living in such torment? How horrible his cries in the night must have sounded! No wonder that when he saw Jesus at a distance, he came running. He knew that Jesus Christ could deliver him from his torment and restore him to a new life. Realizing what Christ had done for him by healing him, he came to Jesus later and begged Jesus to let him go with Him. Why do you think Jesus said “no?” Could it be that this man had a story to tell? The story about what Jesus Christ did in his life, the story he could tell better than anyone else? Going away with Jesus would take him from the very people God wanted him to reach out to. So Christ said “no” and sent him back to his world to tell there what God had done for him. He did, and Scripture tells us that all the people were amazed when they realized what God had done for him. Who needs to hear what Christ has done in your life? When was the last time you told anyone what God has done for you? People desperately need to hear our stories so they can know that God will change their lives, too.
Write the name of someone you have a burden for.
In what way is your story similar to theirs?
What has God done for you that you would like to see God do for them?
When can you share with that person what God has done for you and the hope that He is offering to them?