Like all languages, pay enough attention and patterns emerge distinct contours common to all who use the grammar, and the language of death is no different. As Jesus and the disciples found themselves face to face with one so comfortable with the language of death he lived among the tombs. This man was so immersed in death, that death itself had possessed him… living in the shadows of this world, hiding from life and light.
He is no different than you or me today, in that he had surrounded himself with death, he spoke death, lived in death, desired death… it was what he was comfortable with. We surround ourselves with the sins of the past, the sin of the present and we are always scheming about the sins of the future – seeking death’s caress, surrounding ourselves with death, because it is all we know… living among the tombstones, we erected, marching with the throngs of dead around us, we have become “The Walking Dead”.
Something is about to happen though – Jesus, the “light and life” has just arrived and this man so full of death rushes up to him.
So, they came to the other side of the lake, to the region of the Gerasenes. Just as Jesus was getting out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came from the tombs and met him. He lived among the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For his hands and feet had often been bound with chains and shackles, but he had torn the chains apart and broken the shackles in pieces. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Each night and every day among the tombs and in the mountains, he would cry out and cut himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him. Then he cried out with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I implore you by God—do not torment me!” – Mark 5:1-7 NET
The grip of death is strong – the demoniac could not be bound, as he was infused with death… with the same supernatural strength, death holds us in place, in our sin… we cannot break free on our own, it shackles us, binds us, keeps us in its grip. Because death knows, that if we discover a way to be free, to change our circumstances we will.
The truth is, that we all change when we come into relationship with Jesus. He has compassion for us, He calls us out of the darkness and into the light, that we may live… to live to tell others of what He has done for us. Just as he ordered death to be gone from this man, he moved out into the light, having a clear mind and a desire to rejoin people, no longer hiding in the shadows. Jesus will let you step into the light and take death from you, if you let Him.
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