The Demoniac Cured

This is a long story and I suggest you read Luke 8:26–39. For brevity’s sake, I will point out lessons to be learned.

A man that came out to meet Jesus was demonized by many demons. He was known in the city for being a mad man. He went around naked and was homeless. He lived among the tombs. He sought out Jesus. The demons in the man fell before Jesus and acknowledged Jesus as “the Son of the Most High God.” They wanted to know what business Jesus had with them. Note that the demons were afraid that they would be tormented by Jesus. This torment was felt when Jesus commanded the demon to come out of the man. The man had been restrained countless times with chains but was always able to break free because of the supernatural strength he possessed. When he would break free, the demons would drive him into the desert.

Jesus asked the demon, “What is your name?” He was not speaking to the man, but to the demon in the man. The demon answered by saying, “Legion.” Many demons had entered him. It is interesting how much demonic activity can be in one person.

The demons begged Jesus not to cast them into the abyss which was the place of everlasting punishment. They knew He could if He chose to deal with them that way. Jesus chose to permit the demons to enter a herd of swine. Not because Jesus hated pigs, but for the sake of the man so that the demons would leave and not hurt the man. When those demons came out of the man and entered the swine, the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. We learn from this that the demons’ purpose had been to destroy the man. Jesus’ purpose was to save the man at the expense of the herd of pigs.

The man then became clothed, in his right mind, and was sitting at the feet of Jesus when the people came to see what had happened. The Bible tells us that when they learned what had happened, they were frightened and asked Jesus to leave their country. “But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying, “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” (Luke 8:38–39 NASB). Don’t be surprised if people become frightened when the power of God comes, especially when dealing with the demonic realm!