“When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way.“What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 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 rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.?”Matthew 8:28-34
Peace and good to all.
If my share my thoughts on the above gospel.
In the gospel, we read about Jesus meeting the two men who were demon-possessed. Noticed that these demons upon seeing Jesus, immediately recognized Him and called Him the “Son of God” and afraid of the power and authority of Jesus over them, they asked if Jesus, have come to torture them before the appointed time. This is significant because it gives emphasis that the presence of Jesus, mere presence of Jesus, is an immediate trouble to the demons. The presence of Jesus can cause the demons to panic, because they know that they have no power at all against Christ.
Then, we read about these demons being thereafter casted out of the bodies of the two men, with Jesus simply telling them “Go!” Simple command that demonstrated the mighty power of Jesus and His authority. Jesus can heal a sick by simply saying, “you are healed”; Jesus can make a dead man live, by simply saying “arise”; Jesus can make the wind and storm to stop, by simply saying “ peace and be still”;, and now, can cast off the demons from the bodies of human beings by simply saying, “Go!”. This is how simple and how clear, Jesus might and power is.
The irony, however, is that, with all the help that Jesus have given by casting off these demons from the bodies of the two men, the people there, however, instead of being thankful and grateful to Christ, have pleaded Jesus instead to leave them. Why? I don’t know. I can only surmise that perhaps their pigs are more important to them (these pigs got drowned in the sea after the demons were sent to them); perhaps they are not prepared for Jesus ministry; perhaps they do not want to change their way of live which would eventually change when Jesus remains; perhaps they do not want to be delivered from their troubles and problems. They pleaded Jesus to leave and Jesus left them. Such a pity.
Humans alone have no match with the evil spirits. But if Jesus is with us, who can be against us. Jesus has the absolute authority over the spirit world and the gospel would like to remind us of the confidence and courage that we should have, even as against this evil spirits, if we are with Jesus.
We know Jesus as the great deliverer, our only protector, the only one who could solve the problems of the human race, yet, some of us are like the people in the region mentioned in the gospel, who instead of being thankful and grateful to Jesus, even pleaded for Him to leave them.
Some of us do not allow Jesus to enter in our lives, we drive Him away from us. Some, however, put a schedule for Jesus, perhaps during Sundays but not on workdays. Strange right? As strange as a question of why there are those who believe and those who are not, despite all the testimony about the greatness and the great love of Jesus for us. But I leave that to God alone for He knows what is in our hearts. For me, I just do not want Jesus to leave me or I, to be away from Him.