The Essence of Thanksgiving
THE ESSENCE OF THANKSGIVING
TEXT: Mark 5:1-20
INTRODUCTION: How thankful are we when we have received a blessing from despair?
I. THE DESCRIPTION OF OUR DESPAIR
A. A man with an unclean spirit. v2b Mark 5:2 (KJV) "And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,"
B. Dwelling Place.... v3a Mark 5:3 (KJV) "Who had his dwelling among the tombs;
C. No one could control him...v3-4 v3. and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:"
Mark 5:4 (KJV) "Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him."
D. His Actions... v5 Mark 5:5 (KJV) "And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones."
II. He SAW JESUS COMING 6-14
A. Everybody knows Jesus
1. Demons v7
Mark 5:7 (KJV) "And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not."
B. The Man v6
Mark 5:6 (KJV) "But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,"
B. No one can serve two masters! Matt 6:24
C. Jesus can do any thing if we ask.
III. HERE WE SEE THE ESSENCE OF THANKSGIVING...HE ASKED
A. Everyone wanted to see the change v15 Mark 5:15 (KJV) "And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind:
3. In His Normal Mind.
B. THEY WERE AFRAID v15 -17 v15b and they were afraid."
Mark 5:16 (KJV) "And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine."
Mark 5:17 (KJV) "And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts."
IV. A REAL THANKSGIVING HOMECOMING vv18-20
A. A Real Man...Changed, in the mind of Christ....
B. Our thanksgiving is any day that one comes to know Christ.
INCLOSING: Are you thankful enough to God that you would like to spend the rest of your life following HIM?