Summary: Jesus could do what others could not do.
Verse 1-5-Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.
And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains,
because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him.
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
Matthew 8:28-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.
He was not only a harm to himself (Cutting himself with stones) But he was a harm to others (Exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way).
Verse 6-10-When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.
And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”
For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!”
Then He asked him, “What is your name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.
Matthew 8:29-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?”
I implore You by God that You do not torment me-That is an interesting statement, the demons know that God is just and fair, they know there is coming a time when they will be judge right along with Satan, but they also know they can be sent to the abyss, the pit, the bottomless pit, where one day Satan will be sent for a thousand years, this is where some angels already are 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6, they know that time is coming but they don’t understand why Jesus is messing with them right now!
Demons want to stay where they can do the most damage, where they can have free range to do what they want without being interrupted!
You don’t hear about demon possession in the old testament, but I think when Jesus is in there presence they have to reveal themselves! Mark 1:21-26
My name is Legion; for we are many-a legion had up to six thousand soldiers
Let me put it this way…That would be one more demon than you would want!
Why is Jesus asking his name? Because He wants all that witness this deliverance to know the power Jesus’ possesses to cast out a legion of demons!
Verse 11-13- Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains.
So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.”
And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.