In Luke 8:26-39, we find an incredible account of healing and restoration of a demon-possessed man.
26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 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. 28 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!”
29 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.
30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him.
31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
32 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. 33 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.
34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 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. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 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.
38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “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.
GLEANINGS from the account:
1. As believers, we must be “aware” of those small compromises; those “little” sins may open the door of the heart for the entry of a whole legion of “evil” sins that are difficult to overcome.
2. Evil always wishes for self-destruction (consider the wish of the demons in verse 32, and look at what happened to the pigs). In fact in the gospel of Mark 5:13 of the same account, we find that the pigs numbered to about 2,000. Beware of self-destructive behavior or attitude; its evil pure and simple.
3. The demon-possessed man is strong and nobody can subdue him, yet when he saw Jesus, he fell on his knees in front of Him (verse 28)
4. The demon/demons acknowledged that Jesus is the Son of the Most High God (verse 28). This is probably the first time that these legion of fallen angels had seen Jesus since they were created in Job 38:7, probably between the time frame of Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 1:2 to the time of the rebellion in heaven in Isaiah 14:12 / Ezekiel 28:17.
5. In verse 32, Jesus gave them permission to enter the herd of pigs after coming out of the man. It shows that the enemy cannot touch us unless God allows it.
6. Before he was healed, the demon-possessed man is violent, unrestrained, not in his right mind, and naked. But when he was healed by Jesus in verse 35 he was sitting at the His feet, calm, restored in his right mind, and dressed. The man who was once ostracized by the society is now completely healed and restored to his former condition. The same thing happens to us when God forgives us; He restores us back to our inheritance as His children, He restores our relationship with Him.
7. The people of Gerasenes were more concerned with their material wealth and possession than the spiritual healing that Jesus can provide. They prefer material prosperity at the cost of spiritual poverty.
8. The man who was healed begged Jesus to go with Him; but Jesus wanted him to return home and be restored to his family, to his community, and to tell them how much God has done for him.
I hope we wont forget, too, how much God has done for us.