When Jesus met Legion
August 30, 2020
Jesus encounters a man who has run out of options. Isolated, lost, helpless, he is ostracised from his community, and Jesus sets him free from the demonic powers controlling his life. This story is a reminder to us that the gospel is not just theoretical, it’s powerful, and that Jesus sets those in bondage free. Our westernised, secular, worldview often leads us to minimise the reality of our fight against spiritual forces. Focussing instead, only on the physical, mental or emotional. We need this provocative encounter to show us the reality that Jesus has authority over all things. He has power over every spiritual force. We have no need to fear. He brings liberty to every captive. Praise God!
In this series:
Luke 8:26–39 (Listen)
Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon
26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes,1 which is opposite Galilee. 27 When Jesus2 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. 28 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.” 29 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 guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) 30 Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. 31 And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. 32 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. 33 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.
34 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. 35 Then people went out to see what had 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. 36 And those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed3 man had been healed. 37 Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “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.
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