Luke 8:26-39


“They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. When he 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? I beg you, don’t torture me!’ For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.

Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’

‘Legion,’ he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.

A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was 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 of the Gerasenes 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, ‘Return 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.” Luke 8:26-39

What was the lure that satan used to draw him in? Was it lust, greed, fame, fortune, power? Was it Armani suits or exquisite houses? Was it the life of the rich and famous filled with the freedom to do all the good things that the world had to offer? Did he dabble in the occult and at first experience the beautiful side of the darkness? It all looked so good at the outset, just like the fruit looked good to Adam and Eve. There was the promise from satan of more and better and…

What exactly did this man get? Fame? His terrible notoriety meant no one wanted anything to do with him. He was alone. Stunning clothes? The man walked around naked. Vacation homes and gorgeous dwellings? He lived among the tombs, more at home with death than life. Money? Fortune? He had NOTHING! He owned NOTHING. Freedom? Because of his violence and wickedness, he was kept bound with chains and shackles. Satan had filled his life all right, hundreds, thousands of demons frolicked in his heart and danced on his soul. He was without hope, without help, too wicked to be saved. His life consisted of waiting for eternal death. And then Jesus came to him. “What is your name?” “Legion.” Many, many, many demons lived in him. But then Jesus spoke and with a Word, He commanded the demons to flee into a herd of pigs. And suddenly, peace, peace like he had never known, peace that was beyond understanding, the captive was set free. Satan, the father of lies, had not delivered on any of his promises. Jesus, the great I AM, gave him more than he had ever dreamed. Jesus gave this wicked evil man a new life, abundant life, eternal life. And then Jesus returned to the other side of the lake. Jesus had crossed the lake, calmed the storm to come just for him and calm the raging storm in his life. Too wicked to be saved? NO! Jesus came just for him.

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