So what happens in the world of men when a monster is domesticated?

Mark 5: 
14Those who took care of the pigs ran away. In the city and countryside they reported everything that had happened. So the people came to see what had happened. 15They came to Jesus and saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons. The man was sitting there dressed and in his right mind. The people were frightened. 16Those who saw this told what had happened to the demon-possessed man and the pigs.17Then the people began to beg Jesus to leave their territory.

What is more frightening to the community than a crazy man? A reformed crazy man who might come back to town and blend in… How can you trust that?

It’s wonderful that he got better, but at what price? That was an expensive herd of pigs. If Jesus decided to help every crazy person and troubled soul, how many more pigs would it cost?

People like Jesus’ work until it costs them. As we follow Jesus, it is imperative that we value all men above the price of many pigs. A soul is invaluable to God.

Mark 5:
 18As Jesus stepped into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged him, “Let me stay with you.” 19But Jesus would not allow it. Instead, he told the man, “Go home to your family, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been to you.”
 20So the man left. He began to tell how much Jesus had done for him in the Ten Cities. Everyone was amazed.

The man’s story changed from dark torment to restorative justice. He was brought back into the community where he gave praise to God for his miraculous recovery. Instead of everyone’s monster, he became a witness to God’s deliverance.

Monstrous Outtakes

1.     Who are the ‘monsters’ in our society? We have names and profiles of why they must be expelled from the village.

2.     Are we to show hospitality to monsters? 
What are safe ways to approach monsters?

3.     What happens to churches when they go on 
a crusade against a perceived monster?

4.     What do we learn about human nature from the classic monster stories (Frankenstein, Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, etc.)?