26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.
27 And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs.
28 Seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me.”
29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.
30 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him.
31 They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into the abyss.
32 Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons implored Him to permit them to enter the swine. And He gave them permission.
33 And the demons came out of the man and entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
34 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran away and reported it in the city and out in the country.
35 The people went out to see what had happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they became frightened.
36 Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been made well.
37 And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to leave them, for they were gripped with great fear; and He got into a boat and returned.
38 But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying,
39 “Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
This passage is both terrifying and fascinating.
It gives us a glimpse into the spiritual realm that we aren’t always aware of, or perhaps deny the existence of altogether. Nasty demons are not a topic of everyday conversation for the majority of us. On the rare occasion that it may come up, it’s probably in reference to the latest movie on exorcism or jokingly in reference to a misbehaving toddler. Most likely it isn’t a deep theological debate.
Pigs are gross.
Demons are evil.
Here, we have both colliding. This may not be an ideal story for you, but what is comforting is that nothing is too dirty for Jesus. Being “too messed up” is impossible with our Savior. He meets us in the messy places and transforms us. Just like the outcast here, when we meet Jesus we have unfathomable life change and our only reaction is to praise God for His goodness.
Have joy knowing that whatever you are dealing with, it’s nothing Jesus can’t handle!
- What do you know about demons? How does Jesus’ authority over demons change what you think?
- Does Jesus healing a man with demons bring you comfort? If so, how?
- Ask God to give you His wisdom and discernment as you wrestle with heavy topics such as demons. Thank Him for His authority over the enemy. Praise God for His power over us, over this world, and over all the evil schemes therein.