The Bible records many stories of demon possessions back in Jesus’ day. Jesus healed many demon-possessed people during his earthly ministry. One such instance is the story we will look at today.
Our verse of the day comes from Luke 8:26-39.
“Then they sailed to the country of Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time, he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.”
For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time, it had seized him. He was kept under the guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.)
Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission.
Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned. When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country.
Then people went out to see what happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed man had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned.
The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” and he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.”
As I was reading the passages above about the demon-possessed man, I noticed a few things:
- The demons knew who Jesus was
- Jesus healed the man.
- The town feared Jesus and sent him away.
- The healed man begged to go with Jesus.
- Jesus told the man to stay and tell all that God had done for him.
- The man was obedient and did what Jesus told him to do.
I pray that I am obedient and tell all that God has done for me.
Sometimes we think it has to be something similar to the man in the story, but I have learned that God can do abundantly more in our lives, and it looks different for everyone. Not every story has to involve demon possession. God works in various situations accordingly.
Are you telling everyone what God has done for you?