"Meanderings in Mark"
Series on Mark, Lesson 19

Satan, Sinners, and the Savior

Read: Mark 5:1-20

Text: Luke 19:10 (KJV) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Theme: Jesus seeks the lost soul. A few accept Him and are saved, but most reject Him and the opportunity of salvation.


Have you ever known anyone like this man who Jesus met on the other side of Galilee? He is an illustration of many in society today. Across our land and throughout the world there is a veritable sea of people just like him; people who cannot be helped, and will not be helped if Jesus doesn’t come and help them.

I want us to notice that this passage speaks of three key elements: Satan, Sinners, and the Savior.

I. Satan (Mark 5:2)

QUESTION - How does the world view Satan, today?

QUESTION - What do we know about Satan from scripture?

QUESTION - What do we know about demon possession from scripture?

QUESTION - What level of power does Satan have?

QUESTION - What does Satan want?

A. Satan is a terrifying power.

1. He is viewed by the world as cute little goblin with horns and a tail.

ILLUS. - Halloween

2. Actually, he is second only to the Godhead in power!

Job 1:12 (KJV) And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Luke 22:31 (KJV) And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

Luke 4:6 (KJV) And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

Acts 26:18 (KJV) To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

2 Cor 4:3-4(KJV) But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

2 Th 2:9 (KJV) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

Eph 6:12 (KJV) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

QUESTION - God is described in scripture as omnipotent. Is Satan? If not, what are the limits of his power? Can he read my mind?

QUESTION - Since Satan is so powerful, should we as believers fear him?

QUESTION - How should the believer feel toward Satan?

B. Satan is a hateful enemy.

ILLUS. - Mike Warnke is a believer that was once highly involved in the worship of Satan. He recounts that once when praying to Satan, he begged for an opportunity to "see Satan." He says that request was granted. When asked what he saw he says he saw "pure hatred."

1. Was in the process of destroying these men.

2. Tried to destroy Jesus.

QUESTION - What are some ways Satan tried to destroy Jesus?

3. Wants to destroy you!.

1 Pet 5:8 (KJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

QUESTION - Since Satan is so powerful, and since he is such a hateful and dreadful enemy, should we as believers fear him? Why or why not?

QUESTION - How should the believer fell toward Satan?

C. Satan is powerless before the Savior.

1. He tried to destroy Jesus via sneak attacks…

2. … because he was annihilated every time he faced Him.

Note that "no man could bind him…" (vs. 3)

Note also that Jesus could!

1 John 4:4 (KJV) … greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.


Luke 19:10 (KJV) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.


II. (Society)

(Men had tried to help / control / solve the problems of this man (these men) without success.) (vss. 3-4)

A. Society futilely attempts to reform man.

1. With science, which improves life, but can't solve all its problems.

2. With education, which is hailed as the panacea for society's ills.

(Fails because it sees only the MIND and ignores the SOUL.)

B. Society is powerless to help the sinner.

SONG - "Only Jesus can satisfy the soul…"

ILLUS. Solomon tried all that society had to offer, and concluded that all was "vanity, and vexation of spirit."

QUESTION - In light of society's ultimate inability to help, what should the believer do?


Luke 19:10 (KJV) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.


III. Sinners

QUESTION - In what way(s) does this man picture the lost? What descriptions given of him and also descriptive of the lost condition?

A. The lost are dead. (vs. 3)

QUESTION - How does the term "dead" describe the lost condition?

Mat 8:22 (KJV) But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Luke 15:32 (KJV) It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

John 6:53 (KJV) Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Eph 2:1 (KJV) And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins:

1. The lost are dead now.

2. The lost are dead for all eternity.

B. The lost are uncontrollable and untamable. (vs. 4)

QUESTION - How do the words "uncontrollable" and "untamable" apply to the lost condition?

READ - Proverbs 23:31-35

C. The lost are self-destructive. (vs. 5)

QUESTION - How does this thought apply to the lost condition?

ILLUS. Prodigal son (spent all, starving, living like a hog)


QUESTION - In light of these descriptions of the lost condition, what should be our response? How should we feel? What should we do?

QUESTION - What was Jesus' response?

D. How pitiful is the picture of a lost person!


Luke 19:10 (KJV) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.


IV. Savior

QUESTION - What do we learn about Jesus Christ from this account?

QUESTION - What key thought comes to your mind about the Savior as you read this account?

QUESTION - What do we learn about the salvation experience from this account?

A. Jesus comes seeking the lost. (vs. 4:35; 5:1, 21)

1. He came specifically for this man.

2. He had no other business here. (vs. 21)

ILLUS. - Same with the woman at the well. (cf. John 4:4 (KJV) And he must needs go through Samaria.)

3. He comes specifically for you!

1 Tim 2:4 (KJV) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

QUOTE - (C.S. Lewis, in Perelandra) - "When He died in the Wounded World, He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less."

SONG - The Ninety and Nine

QUESTION - How does this thought make you feel about your salvation?

B. Jesus fights His way to get to the lost. (vs. 4:37)

Luke 9:51 (KJV) And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,

ILLUS. Peter tried to stop Him, but couldn't.

Mat 16:22-23 (KJV) Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

John 19:30 (KJV) When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

C. Jesus saves the lost, instantly. (vs. 5:8)

ILLUS. Peter sinking in the water.

Mat 14:30-31 (KJV) But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

ILLUS. The thief on the cross.

Luke 23:42-43 (KJV) And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

ILLUS. Zaccheus

Luke 19:9 (KJV) And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

QUESTION - Literally, Mark 5:8 reads, "He had been saying unto him, Come out…." Does this imply that one word from Jesus was not enough in this case? What does it mean?

D. Jesus saves the lost, completely. (vss. 5:15)

QUESTION - How does the description of the extent of this man's healing picture the extent of salvation?

Heb 7:25 (KJV) Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.


Luke 19:10 (KJV) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.



    1. They are just one step from salvation. (Mark 5:6)
    2. SONG "Just as I am, without one plea,

      But that thy blood was shed for me,

      And that thou bidst me come to Thee,

      O Lamb of God, I COME, I COME!"

      SONG - "Out of my bondage sorrow and night,


      Acts 16:31 (KJV) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

      Rom 10:13 (KJV) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

      ILLUS. - The Prodigal said, "I will go to my father…" and "the father ran…"

    3. OR, they are just one step from sending salvation away forever. (Mark 5:17, 20)


Luke 19:10 (KJV) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.


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