These passages report Jesus driving a “legion” of demons out of a man who was possessed. Jesus drives the demons into a herd of pigs, and the pigs rush into the lake and drown. The people then beg Jesus to leave, and the man is sent home to his family and encouraged to share what has happened.
This event in scripture has always bothered me in some ways. Although it is another illustration of God’s power, the people could not have been rejoicing with the outcome. They begged Jesus to leave their area. A huge herd of pigs was destroyed in a short moment. And a “crazy” outcast was made whole to re-enter their community. But maybe this is exactly why this event is so important. God does not always please everyone with his power. There is suffering and there is loss. But God is there, waiting to take us in, to include us in His family for eternity.
Holy One, your power is mighty. Your power is not meant to please me, but to guide and lead me. Help me to hold you close, no matter the situation, good or bad. You are in control. Amen
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