Yesterday, Jesus calmed the storm. Today, he casts out demons.
Jesus and the disciples sailed across the lake. When they reached the shore, they encountered a demon-possessed man who was notoriously strong, violent and disturbed. He wandered naked among the tombs day and night, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
Here’s what eyewitnesses say happened:
When the demon-possessed man saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name, I beg you, don’t torture me!”
Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd — about two thousand — rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned.
When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. Then all the people of the region asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Go home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
(Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
Even the demons know who Jesus is. Adding to the panoply of titles we’ve already discussed, they recognize him as “Son of the Most High God.” Jesus graphically underscores their pronouncement and displays his power over both the natural and supernatural by casting them out of the man and into the pigs with one little word: “Go!”
2. What exactly should we do?
Come to Jesus. There’s absolutely nothing — natural or supernatural — that you and he can’t overcome together.
And then go tell everyone you know how much God has done for YOU.
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