The Demon-possessed men of Gergesenes!!!
When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.” And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region……. Matthew 8:28-34
In our previous study, we saw Jesus and His Disciples triumphing over the storms of Life. Here, we read of what the Devil can do where He gets hold of a Life and how Jesus triumph over Demons and the reaction of the people of Gergesenes towards Christ Victory.
There met Him Two Demon-possessed men coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce so that no one could pass that way: Behold how the Devil is out to steal, to kill and to destroy( John 10:10). When the Devil gets Hold of a Man, His mission is to make Him unfit for the society. When people give their bodies to the Devil, He makes them live a miserable Life. Those who have allowed Devil to rule their Lives will always find themselves in the tomb of Death. For the wages of Sin is Death( Romans 6:23).When the Devil rules over a Life through Lust, malice, anger, dirty thought, and Unforgiving Spirit, He makes such a person exceedingly fearful and unapproachable. People would be unable to have Fellowship with Him. No one finds Joy passing along their Way. Let us therefore be on our guard never to give the Devil a chance in our Lives for His Mission is to destroy us and make us useless for ourselves and unfit for the society of Humans just like these two possessed men. But They met Jesus!!! Behold the Kindness of God. No matter how terrible a Life has been ruled by the Devil, God in His goodness always lead such people to the place where they meet Jesus. I was thinking it would have been said that “these Men ran away when they sighted Jesus.” God’s draws men to the place where they can hear Jesus. God gives up on no man no matter how fearful and sinful they might have lived. No matter how powerful the Devil and all His Demons are, they could never stop a Man from meeting the Lord. Let us therefore never give up on people, even if presently they have not accepted the Lord, if presently they are ruled by all kinds of sinful habits. Let us continue in prayers on their behalf until they respond to the wonderful Love of Christ.
And Suddenly, they cried out, saying “What do we have to do with You, Jesus You Son of God!!: It is amazing to discover that Devil and His Demons recognized Jesus as the Son of God. They were correct in their Doctrines!!! What Flesh and blood could not reveal to Peter but by Divine Revelation from God the Father, the Devil Knows(Matt 16:15-17). You believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Good, But the Devil also believes it and Tremble(James 2:19).The Devil knows and Confess that Jesus is the Son of God but Yet He remains as the Devil. What is important is not knowledge and correctness of our Doctrines and Facts about Jesus. The important thing is the Way we Live. What makes the Saints different from the Demons is not their Knowledge But their Lives. Let us therefore not be satisfied with knowledge that Does not change the way we Live each day. Also note, it is possible to Call Jesus the Son of God and Yet Have nothing to do with Him!!! There are many who confessed Jesus as the Son of God but their Behaviours have nothing to do with Christ. Those who Confess Jesus as the Son of God but Lie, Cheat, keep malice, Gossip, Fornicate, masturbate, watch dirty movies and many more are simply saying in their actions that “we have Nothing to do with Christ!!!” And they will be surprised when the Lord says to them in the Last day “Depart from Me!!! For I never Knew You!!! Get away from Me, For you called me Lord, Lord but Your behaviours have nothing to do with Me!!!” Let us therefore fear, lest we become Like the Devil!!!
Have You come here to torment us before the Time? : The Devil knows that there is a time appointed when they will be tormented. They also know that the time has not yet come. The time for their torment will come when Jesus come to set up His Kingdom on Earth. And as they Look forward to that Day, they are afraid!!! But it is important to know now that every Demon has been defeated on Calvary. For on the Cross, Christ disarmed them of All their powers and He made a public show of them as He triumph over them all( Colossians 2:14-15). Let All the Demons in Hell gather together, Know this for sure “They have All been disarmed!!, All their weapons against us has been collected” So when You see a Demon-possessed person, ask Yourself “Does this person have a Demon that has not been Defeated at Calvary?” Definitely Not!!! No one Likes to be reminded of their defeat, even the Devil does not Like it. It is a good habit to remind the Devil always of How He was defeated at Calvary. If we live abiding in Christ, Demons will know that we have authority over them in the name of Jesus.
So the Demons begged Him, saying “If you cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine” : Think of this, “Is this the Picture You have as a spiritual Christian? Not one who is scared of Demons but one whom demon have to plead!!! They knew Jesus had such authority because His Life was so pure. He lived in such obedience to the Father and the Demons know that. If we walk in the footsteps of Jesus, We will have the same Authority. Shame on us if Demons says to us “Jesus i know, and Paul I know, But who are You?(Acts 19:15)” But I begin to wonder why the Demons choose the Pigs? If the Devil is unable to affect a Man’s Life, He will go after His Business. Anything which the Devil gets hold of is for Destruction. When they were permitted to go into the Pigs, it ended the Lives of the Pigs. Those who fail to repent, the Devil cause them to run violently down into Sin until they perish. You may ask, why did Jesus permitted the Demons to Go into this Pigs when He knew it would lead to the death of those Pigs? Pig was one of the unclean animals God commanded the Jews never to eat or touch (Leviticus 11:7). But The Jews that lived in Gergesenes have degenerated to the point that they not only eat and touched but went further to start rearing and selling to others as Business!!! The way of Sin is downwards, those who have started in the way of disobedience will always look for a way to corrupt others along with them. So I perceive that Christ permitted it to correct them from going further down into Sin. There are many businesses that God has permitted the Devil to touch to bring us back into the Way of Holiness!!! Behold the Almighty wisdom and Power of God!!! He may at times use the Devil for the sanctification of His People Like the case of Job’s trials and Paul’s thorn in the Flesh. Let us therefore learn to give thanks for all things for We know that All things works together for good for those who love God!!!
Those who kept them fled, and they went into the City and told everything, including what had happened to the Demon-possessed men: Do you noticed what those that Ran into the City Reported? “They reported Everything, including the cure of the Demon-possessed men”. The main thing they reported was that they have lost their Pigs!!! The curing of the men was secondary to them. What they should have reported was “The Two Demon-possessed men have been Cured!!! Glory to God!!! But in the process of this Cure, 2000 pigs were lost!!! Look at the attitude of Man, He is more concerned that 2000 pigs were lost than two men were healed. He Loves material possessions, money, business than people been delivered from the grip of Satan. Let us therefore check our attitude, What brings us more Joy “Your Business Profit has increased or one person has been Delivered from the grip of Satan?”
And Behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw Him, they begged Him to Depart from their region: One would have thought they would have invited Him to stay. One who have thought they would have brought out those who were sick in their city to Him, but their Love for their Pig business will not allow them. Their Love for their Material possession will not permit them to welcome Christ. Just Like the Demons said when they met Jesus saying “What do we have to do with You, Jesus You Son of God” The whole City also begged Jesus to depart from them. I perceived they were saying “Though You delivered two men, yet You have drown 2000 pigs!!!” There are many who prefer their Pigs than their Saviour, and therefore Could not welcome Christ. They begged Christ to depart out of their hearts, and will not allow His words to have a place in them because Christ and His word will be put an end to their unclean lusts, passion and desires which are the Pigs which they have decided to feed.
Dear Friend, Always remember that the Devil and His Demons knows that Jesus is the Son of God yet they remain as the Devil. Knowledge of facts about Jesus that does not changes the way we live is Useless. Don’t ask the Lord to Depart away from You because You are afraid of Losing Your Material possession. Give up Your Unclean Habits and Welcome Christ!!! Give up Your Pigs and Embrace Your Saviour!!! May the Lord help us to Choose Christ No matter what we lose(Amen). God bless You. Have a blessed day.
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