Jesus got to shore and was met by a man who had been acting “crazy” most of his life. The man lived naked among the graves and no one could control him. The man pulled to pieces any chains he was in and he often cried out; cutting himself with stones. Jesus had compassion on the man. But he couldn’t help him. You see, this man was of another religion and it was against the law to convert him to following Jesus, which Jesus knew would happen if Jesus healed him. Also, the media had been misreporting that when Jesus said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God” that Jesus was really rebelling against the government and advocating that people not pay lawful taxes. What would they report if he removed evil spirits from a man not considered competent to give informed consent? And what about the people who said mental illness was a myth? What if they said Jesus should value the man’s differences, not judge his lifestyle, and coexist with him? And what about the mental health community? They don’t believe in demons. They would be offended if Jesus cast out demons into pigs, and the pigs immediately committed suicide, proving that demons do exist. They might lobby to have Jesus’ license to practice counseling revoked. And what about the owners of the pigs? Did Jesus ask permission to send demons into them? Was Jesus going to pay restitution?
What if you were the man or woman standing there in front of Jesus, with your future and your sanity hanging in the balance. What would you want Jesus to do?
Mark 5 in the Bible.