Today's verses are Mark 5:1-3: "They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain." The Bible makes it clear: there are unclean spirits in the world who want to inhabit the lives of different people. We don't know what this man did to allow this possession. There must have been something, an opening into the demonic world he invited.
Though we don't know what caused this possession, we do know some of the results. First, the man was exceedingly strong. He was doing harm to himself (tomorrow's verses). Perhaps he had tried to do harm to others (we don't know). But the people had tried to bind him with chains but they didn't hold the man anymore.
Also, he lived among the tombs. Interestingly, he was most comfortable among the dead. The devil is always about death. Whenever the evil one starts to influence a culture negatively it's always evidenced in a curiosity about death. Look at America's television shows, movies and books. There is an increasing interest in the subject of dead bodies and death itself.
But Jesus is about life! His purpose is to give us all life and to give it to us abundantly! Death is an evil intrusion into God's once perfectly created order. Death was never supposed to enter this world. Jesus entered this world to give people life! Jesus' death on the cross is his ultimate gift of eternal life, victory over death forever!
If you're ever confronted with a difficult decision, here's a question you can ask that may help you decide the right course of action: What gives life? Whatever gives life is most likely from Jesus and the path he'd desire you to take.
Even the demoniac approached Jesus as he got out of the boat, perhaps inwardly desiring the life that only Jesus can give. If so, even in his environment of death, there was still the spark within that desired life in abundance.
Life is always better than death! Perhaps even the demoniac understood this truth.