He made his home in the tombs – a man with an unclean spirit. Possessed with the devil. He was a madman – who became a missionary.
When he met Jesus he became a new man, clothed, and in his right mind. Jesus… 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.
The story of the demoniac – it is really a story of two men – the lost man and the saved man. The first man was tormented by sin, living in a graveyard. The devil wants you to be living alongside the living dead – the lost. Comfortable with them. Right at home with them. One of them… He was naked. Nakedness and lack of modesty is a characteristic of the lost. It was a picture of how vile and sinful this person was. Without conscience, without sense of shame.
For the lost, what is decent and right is thrown out the window. This man was out of control. He had an unclean spirit. He was filled with the toxic sludge of sin. Contaminated, polluted by the corruption that is in the world.
He was under the devil’s power. It had sent him mad. He was continually crying – he had no peace. Sin brings sorrow and distress. Isa 57:20-21 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. (21) There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
This demoniac represents to us the dire condition of the lost. We see their sad and Christless state…
Then – into this dread scene – steps… The Master. He steps into the life… of this man, so hopeless and hellish. And what a transformation!
This mad man became sane and at peace. He became a new man! 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Notice the change! The difference that Jesus makes! He now had a new Lord. He had been under Satan’s control, but now he was under the Lord’s control. This troubled soul found soul peace. Rest for his soul. Luke 8:39 …And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him. Once we get saved, we want to pass the message on. Life more abundant and free! Life eternal!
Truly, our Lord can lift a person from the guttermost and save them to the uttermost.