Read Luke 8:26-38
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.
esus is now opposite Galilee, in the district of the Decapolis (ten cities). In the time of Jesus, the Golan Heights were part of this gentile Greek Decapolis where pagan worship flourished. The herding of pigs, which are considered as unclean animals by the Jews, is an indicator that this is a Gentile rather than Jewish area. It was here that Jesus healed the demon-possessed man, who lived among the tombs. The miracle again shows how Jesus brings liberty to those who are captive to the devil, so that they might “turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God” (Acts 26:18).
In the exorcism’s aftermath, the people of the area and indeed the entire population are seized with fear and ask Jesus to leave - one of the saddest episodes in the whole Gospel. Jesus has indeed come as a light to the Gentiles, but acceptance of him requires turning away from evil ways, even when this involves economic loss. However, there is one person who responds positively - the man from whom the demons had come out. He is fully healed and sitting at Jesus’ feet like a disciple. As disciples in pilgrimage we all need to turn to the Lord and ask Him to “deliver us from the evil one” (Matt 6:13) much as He did with the demon-possessed man. With God’s grace, we need to resist the devil’s 4D’s - deception, disunity, diversion and discouragement.
Lord, I ask you to purify me, mould me, fill me with yourself and use me. Deliver us from the forces of the evil one, so that we can be healthy and follow you as true disciples.