Jesus had just stepped ashore when this demon-possessed man ran up to Him. Between Mark and Luke’s account of this we can get a good description of this tormented person. For a long time he hadn’t worn clothes or lived in a house but rather dwelt among the tombs in the graveyard … the nearby towns-people had tried to restrain him physically with chains, but he always managed to break free and would spend the nights wandering, crying out, and cutting himself with stones. So you can imagine the astonishment of the towns-people when they came out to see what had happened and instead found this man sitting quietly, dressed, and in his right mind. They probably couldn’t believe their eyes, but there he was…undeniably healed. And this was the reason Jesus refused to take him along. This man’s testimony was far more important and powerful in the area where he lived…for he was indeed living proof of what the Lord had done.