Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.
They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus stepped ashore, He was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at His feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places. Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged Him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and He gave them permission. When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 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. Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. Then all the people of the region asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left. The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with Him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
– Luke 8:26-39
In the above text, we see that Jesus had authority over and commanded demons. In First Corinthians chapter fifteen, Paul affirms that just as there is a physical realm there is also a spiritual realm. To deny the spiritual realm is to deny the existence of God. Once again, this miracle confirms the identity of the Son of the Most High!
The Big Question
What does this account teach us about the power of demons? What happened when Jesus cast them out of the man? Once healed, how did he act? What did he want to do? What did Jesus tell him? Who did he declare that Jesus was? Who do you say that Jesus is?
Conclude your time in prayer and silence, reflecting on what God revealed to you today.