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Matthew 8:28-34 (NIV)
Jesus Restores Two Demon-Possessed Men
28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” 30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.
First, we heard that the teaching and authority of Jesus seemed different. Then a Roman officer recognized His authority and power. Yesterday we read about the winds and waves also listening to the authoritative voice of Jesus. In this passage, even demons recognize Jesus for who he truly is and understand his authority and power! Yet they are not on His side, so they try to negotiate better terms. But they know that they must submit. They really do not have a choice in the matter. The issue for us is whether we see Jesus as a threat to our way of life and try to negotiate a deal with him to leave us alone or if we allow Him to lead us to the cross where we lose ourselves and are given new life. In your prayer time, think of three specific things that you try to keep from Jesus. Ask for forgiveness, trust in his mercy, and give them over to His authority.