Summary: 1. God shows us demonic spirits (vs. 1-10). 2. God shows us our divine Savior (vs. 8-13). 3. God shows us the deceived sinners (vs. 14-17). 4. God shows us the delivered saint (vs. 18-20).

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8. For He said to him, "Come out of the man, unclean spirit!''

9. Then He asked him, "What is your name?'' And he answered, saying, "My name is Legion; for we are many.''

10. And he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.

*Like Christians, these demons worshiped Jesus, and they prayed to Jesus. The Bible also teaches that the demons are like us in other ways. They have personality and feelings. They feel pain.

*But they are absolutely without hope. In vs. 7, they pleaded with Jesus not to torment them. But that is the only future they face: eternal torment with no hope of relief. Thank God for the mercy we have in the Lord Jesus Christ!

*From our front row seat to divine deliverance, God shows us demonic spirits.

2. He also shows us our divine Savior.

[1] And one thing that stands out about Jesus in this Scripture is that He is mysterious.

*The unexpected mystery is that Jesus answered the demons' prayer. We see this truth in vs. 11-13:

11. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains.

12. And all the demons begged Him, saying, "Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.''

13. 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.

*William McDonald pointed out that "the Lord has often been criticized for causing the destruction of these pigs." (4)

*But John Gill explained that "if the owners were Jews, and these creatures were brought up by them for food, it was a just punishment of their breaking the law of God." And if the owners were Gentiles, it was to show "the malice of the evil spirits, who would have done the same thing to the owners if they could." It was also to show the power of Christ to cast out the demons, and it could have helped spread the fame of this miracle." (5)

*I really like the way William McDonald summed this issue up. He said: "If we knew as much as Jesus knew, -- we would have acted exactly the same way He did." (4)

[2] But the Lord is mysterious. And He is miraculous.

*Do you think Jesus was afraid of those demons? -- Not for a second. Did Jesus have to go into training to work up the courage and strength to cast them out? -- Of course not. He is Lord of all! So in vs. 8, Jesus firmly said: "Come out of the man, unclean spirit!''

*And in vs. 13, after the demons begged Jesus to send them into the swine, "Jesus gave them permission." They couldn't make a single move without His permission. He is Lord of all!

[3] Jesus is miraculous. And He is merciful.

*Understand that this demon-possessed man had a big part in his own possession. By worshiping the false gods of other religions, he was worshiping demons.

*Listen to the way Paul explained this in 1 Corinthians 10:19-20. Paul was speaking to Christians, and began with a question:

19. What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything?

20. But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.

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