And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

Do you find it interesting that demonized men recognized Jesus as the Son of God but the religious people did not? Jesus once told Peter that this kind of blessed understanding comes not through fleshly imagination but by heavenly revelation. In truth no one can recognize Jesus as the Son of God unless God initiates. Amazing that demons speaking through these men knew this about Jesus but were blind to who he really was.

The simplicity of Jesus' reaction to the demons is mind boggling. No shouting. No theatrics. One word. Go. Last summer a man came up to Ann and I asking for money as we were sharing some pie and coffee with some friends at a neighbor outdoor place. My friend Bruce and I took him aside, talked with him and Bruce prayed. As he prayed I sensed something evil and responded by simply praying "go in Jesus name" as I placed my hand on his forehead. The man shook and I knew that something spiritual happened.

Help me Lord to remember that greater is He that is in me that he that is in the world.

1 comment:

  1. That perception is a gift. I wonder, was it the demon possessed men who recognized Jesus, the demons, or both? Either way, it is an amazing encounter.

    I find it interesting that Jesus granted their request at all. Some questions may never be answered.


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