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. “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
The demon-possessed men, in today’s passage, had been forced out of the city and into the graveyard. The men’s violent natures kept everyone at a distance. But Jesus approached the unapproachable and the demons knew exactly who He was—the Son of God.
Rather than becoming disembodied spirits, the demons requested permission to enter a large herd of pigs. Jesus obliged. When the demons entered the pigs, they rushed down the bank into the Sea of Galilee and drowned. Perhaps these pigs going down into the water illustrated the future state of the demons. They would go down into the abyss.
Yesterday we saw that Jesus holds power over nature. In today’s verses, we find that He has power over the spiritual world. Jesus is God and therefore omnipotent. There is no limit to His scope or sphere of supremacy.
Father, I see from these verses the power of Jesus over the spiritual world. Thank You for this reminder that there is no limit to the scope or sphere of Jesus’ supremacy. Help me live with that confidence. In His name. Amen.
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