“ Jesus said, “Go home to your own people. Tell them your story—what the Master did, how he had mercy on you.”” (Mark 5:19, The Message)
I love the way The Message paraphrases Mark 5.19, Tell them your story. Surely this man had a story to tell. He was demonized by so many demons that they referred to themselves as “Legion, for we are many.” He was in cruel bondage. Isn’t it ironic that chains, shackles, and fetters could not hold him, but he was in spiritual bondage that kept him in misery that is almost unimaginable. “Day and night he wandered among the burial caves and in the hills, howling and cutting himself with sharp stones.” (Mark 5:5, NLT) One could scarcely draw a more frighteningly brutal picture of spiritual/physical bondage in which shackles and fetters were unnecessary.
Jesus happens along and orders the Legion out of the man and low and behold: “A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons. He was sitting there fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid.” (Mark 5:15, NLT)
The man who had been cruelly enslaved to spiritual forces is now completely free. Jesus has freed him. He wants to go with Jesus and follow him, but Jesus has other ideas for the man: “Go home to your own people. Tell them your story.”
There is scarcely any more powerful magnet with which to see people drawn to Christ than to observe the change in a person from before they come to faith to after they follow Jesus. It is radical. It is complete. It is noticeable. It is never better demonstrated than seeing the change in this man’s life, from cruel bondage to freedom.
Surely his testimony would have sounded a lot like this song from Big Daddy Weave: