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The power of Jesus trumps everything else.

Introduction

"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again." What a perceptive parable of our generation. We live in a society in which everything nailed down is coming loose. Things that people said could not happen are happening. Thoughtful-though-unregenerate people are asking, "Where is the glue to reassemble the disintegration and disarray?" The famous author Eugene O'Neill has one of his characters say it graphically: "You cannot build a marble temple out of a mixture of mud and manure."

But we continue to try. Man is almost insanely committed to the proposition that he has all the answers. We build sand castles only to discover the inundating tides of reality washing them out to sea. Then we usually seek someone to blame. I saw an intriguing piece of graffiti in the city of Philadelphia some time ago. Scratched across the wall were these words: HUMPTY DUMPTY WAS PUSHED.

What is the greatest need of a decadent and deteriorating society? Power. A plethora of individuals make promises they cannot perform. They don't have the resources or the power. Long on promises, short on production. Reason? They don't have the resources. They don't have the power. This is not so in the life of Jesus Christ.

In Mark 5, Jesus confronts the problem of demonism. Here's a case study of this condition. In verses 1 to 5, notice the characteristics of demonism. In verses 6 to 13, there is a confrontation between Jesus and the demon, with remarkable insight for living in the age in which God has placed us. In verses 14 to 20 are the two-fold consequences of that confrontation.

First are the consequences relating to the townspeople, who were ...

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Dr. Howard Hendricks is chairman of the Center for Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also involved in ministry through books, publications, radio, and video.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. Four characteristics of demonism

II. Five crucial insights about demons

III. There were two dramatically different responses to the power of Jesus

IV. Three final principles

Conclusion