It’s the only word spoken by Jesus outside of Israel in the whole account. It freed 2 men, relocated 6000 demons, and killed 2000 pigs. That’s kingdom power.
One word! No exorcism stuff. No laser show. No mood music! Just one word, “go,” and it had to be obeyed due to the spiritual force behind it.
Just like when He spoke, “‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”
But these are the days of His humiliation. And yet, in them Jesus has no problem whatsoever commanding the spiritual forces governing sin in the world, no matter where they are, or whomever they inhabit. He was, even in His kenosis, the absolute ruler of all the ranks of the demons.
Imagine His power now after His ascension,
“far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every
name that is named, not only in this age
but also in the one to come.
And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him
as head over all things to the church, which is His body,
the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
Beloved Christian, we have no influence in these sorts of things. God’s plan for the fallen angels, and what they do in the world and in the heavens, is something you and I have no power over. Not even in prayer. But we can ask Jesus, the ruler of the Demons, to exercise His mighty power.
Got questions on this? Ask yourself, ‘what power did the twelve exercise over these demons?’ None, right? And when they did cast out demons, it was by special orders with Jesus around, not business as usual (Mat. 10:8).
Recently someone told me they wanted to plant a church where I live, in order to bring the kingdom of God here. OK.
I said, ‘Start by going to the cemetery and raise the dead, and go to the hospital and heal the sick,’ and I gave him Mat. 10:7-8 to read. He must have been thinking of some other kingdom than Christ’s, because he advocates women pastors from his seminary perch. Oh well. He never did come, and the guys who mow the lawn at the local cemeteries sleep soundly still.
“And they came out and went into the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the waters.”
Our friends, the disciples, are within yards of all this. Like us, they have no really good categories to explain it. It’s not for the faint of heart: 2000 pigs snorting and screaming their way down the steep bank, and then competitively swine diving (you didn’t think I’d forget to include that, did you!).
Trouble? Fear? Meh. Some Gentiles who are back up the hill have to explain their way out of trouble. So they run back to the city, “and reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs” (8:33). Which means they told everyone the healing of the two men.
Who are these two men, Gentiles, or Jews? I’d like to say Jews, just to make you think. But Jesus tells one of them, “Return to your house” (Luke 8:39). But those men wanted to go with Jesus, and become Jews.
So, how foolish are Gentiles, spiritually? You would think the town’s people would be happy, but “the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they implored Him to leave their region” (8:34). Such a strange reaction. But we need to understand Gentiles. One word: spiritually clueless.
They are more upset over the loss of 2000 pigs than they are by the healing of the two men. That’s Gentiles, preferring animals over people. Today, a mother can kill her 7 pound baby in a human uterus, and get praised, but if she does the same thing to a protected animal, she can go to jail.
Gentiles are utterly, 100% clueless, about things like demons, pigs, and God. Gentiles prefer pigs and demons to the holy Lord Jesus Christ. They love their own sinful lives above Him who saves souls forever! Luke says the were ‘gripped with great fear,’ because Gentiles make themselves clueless on purpose, They want to intentionally suppress what even demons admit – their sins bring eternal torment.
They wanted Jesus to leave because He was bad for business! The power of the Kingdom of God had come, not to boost the local economy but to demonstrate Jesus had authority over the unclean spirits, and to set at liberty two lost sheep Satan had bound.
Are you up for investing in His spiritual kingdom, where the clueless live? Let us pray to Him whose kingdom it is.