Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him.
-Before His encounter with legion, Jesus had calmed the storm; a display of His power over nature. He then rebuked the demons from a possessed man; showing His power over the supernatural. In the former; Christ tamed the wild winds and in the later He tamed a wild man. Christ also provided a peaceful environment despite the storm and in the later He granted peace to the soul of the man. After calming the storm the disciples were amused by His authority and most of them increased their faith in Him, and in the later the onlookers discovered that Jesus is the Son of the Most High after an introduction by legion, both scenarios brought back glory to Jesus. It is interesting that these demons knew Jesus and went on to request Him to let them get into the pigs. Jesus granted their request and the pigs drowned, which opens up a debate whether the demons died with the pigs or they went on to trouble someone else. That not withstanding, we know that the final judgement of satan and his demons is yet to come, when they will be cast into the lake of fire. After demons have left a person, we read that they look for other opportunities to come back stronger than they previously were (Lk 11:24-26). The demon-possessed man was violent, dirty, injured and insane like some of the people we find in our streets today. Most of them are lost and without Christ and need our prayers. Better still, the people of Gerasenes were afraid after the exorcism and told Jesus to leave their town. Both groups needed Jesus more like all of us today, for only in Him do we find sanity, peace, joy, grace and an assurance of hope for a better future and eternal life with Him.
In Your presence there is fullness of joy Jesus, at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore, You will show us the path of life. Have mercy Jesus on all those who are lost and demon-possessed in our communities, that You may deliver them from all forms of bondage by Your saving arm. Lord You have promised never to leave us nor forsake us, we will forever dwell in Your presence. We need You Lord in our lives every time, remain in our hearts we humbly ask You. Calm every storm in our lives, families, businesses, work, studies, relationships, marriages, projects, nation and prosper us in all things Jesus. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; and the love of God; and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
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