The Naked Man

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In this wonderful Scriptural, symbolic production we see Jesus coming to the Gadarenes. When leaving the ship immediately there met him out of the tombs (place of the dead) a man with an unclean spirit. No man could bind him not even with chains. He had been bound in fetters and chains, just as people are today. They had been plucked asunder by him. Day and night he was in the mountains, and with the dead, crying and cutting himself with stones ± quite out of his mind. When this wild-man with an unclean spirit saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, saying, ³What have I to do with thee Jesus, thou son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.´ Jesus said unto the unclean spirit, ³Come out of him.´ Then he asked the man, ³What is your name?´ He answered, ³My name is Legion for we are many,´ Mark 5:1-9. ³We are many´. Legion was a personification of those with an unclean spirit. Jesus was also a personification of one Spirit ± the Spirit of the God of love. Here the two spirits met face to face. ³There was a great herd of swine feeding near by. All the devils or unclean spirits besought Jesus saying, Send us unto the swine, that we may enter into them«And the unclean spirit went out and entered into the swine: the swine then ran violently down a steep place into the sea and were chocked.´ See Mark 5:10-13. When people came to Jesus to see what was done, and the ³one´ possessed with the devil, ³They saw Legion sitting clothed in his right mind.´ Matt. 5:15. Now Legion (being many) prayed that he might be with Jesus. Jesus said go home and tell your friends. Legion departed and published in Decapolis, how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.´ Legion had been converted. See Mark 5: 14-20.

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Consider now the scene of Christ¶s betrayal and arrest. Jesus said, ³I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not«and all forsook him and fled.´ ³And there followed him a certain young man, (certain from TIS representing divers or different kinds of men/women) having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; could we say ³clothed in his right mind?´ ³Young men laid hold of him: and he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.´ Mark 14: 51,52. This certain young man having a linen cloth cast about him has great significance. Linen in Greek is from SIDON or BYSSOS from Hebrew BUWTS meaning to bleach, be white, fine white linen. At Christ¶s burial Joseph of Arimathaea wrapped Jesus body in a linen cloth (cloth same word as above). Those who came to see Jesus¶ body saw a young man sitting on the right side of the sepulcher, clothed in a long white garment«´ See Mark 16:5. White from LEUKOS or LUKE and means light. ³I am the light of the world.´ This man was the ³I am´. The word garment from STOLE was a long fitting gown, a mark of dignity. Just as Legion, clothed in his right mind, wore a linen cloth, likewise all who experienced and witness resurrection or conversion have redeemed liberty and dignity, through the grace of the indwelling God. The great apocalyptic book of the New Testament, Revelation, sees ³seven angels coming out of the temple«clothed in pure and white linen«´ They have work to do during the harvest. Linen in this text comes from the Greek word LINON meaning flax-linen, as linen is a product of flax = fine white linen. Noted, in Rev. 19:8 & 21:2, is the marriage supper of the ³Lamb´ and his bride, the holy city, ³new Jerusalem´. ³To her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.´ You see, Legion, when converted and in his right mind, wanted to be with Jesus, Mark 5:18.

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Seeing Jesus taken by authority to be silenced, Legion still wanted to be with him and followed him. Mark 14:51. Now Legion had a linen cloth cast about him, a symbol of the righteousness of saints. When the young men laid hold of him Legion left the linen cloth and fled from them. He left them righteousness. He left them all he had. It was a complete sacrifice, a burnt offering. Better than leaving them fetters and chains, don¶t you think?

Jean Cooke

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