Man from Gadara
When Jesus goes across the Sea of Galilee and liberates a man possessed by hundreds of demons, the message is clear: God wants to save us. And he is willing to go way out of his way to track us down and bring us back to freedom and wholeness. Of all people at that time, and perhaps for all time, there was not likely a single person further from the Kingdom of God than this man that Jesus finds and saves.

For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Jesus says in Luke 19:10 -- and in this story, Jesus demonstrates this claim in the most dramatic way possible. We know nothing of this man’s history, but we do know that he no longer had any control over his life whatsoever. 

The possessed man might have had incredible strength and an extraordinary sense of freedom -- he could get out of any constraint, after all -- but the flip side was a severe isolation and a tendency to self-destruction. But that’s so similar to the modern condition, isn’t it? We need the healing that Jesus offers as much as ever… and we need to come to him for freedom . For "when the Son of Man sets you free, then you will be free indeed."

Mark 5:1 (ESV) They went across the lake to the region of the Gadarenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 
10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.