Luke 8- Legion

And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.(For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) Luke 8:27-29

Here again , we not only see the power and deity of Christ, but we also see the glimpse of the New Covenant. A man who was possessed with demons for a long time was finally set free by Jesus. Up until this point , nobody could save this man, but Christ has revealed a New Covenant, no longer can sin and death hold us captive, as Jesus has defeated it forevermore

Notice how the demons addressed Jesus “Son of the Most High God” , the demons knew Jesus is the Messiah, they knew Jesus has the power to destroy them, they begged Christ not to torment them. This is the New Covenant, through Christ we have power over sin and evil

And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. Luke 8:30-33

Notice the name the demons gave Jesus “Legion”, now this is a military word . Legion represented the largest army in the Roman military, about 5,000 soldiers, could be more or less. So these demons were identifying themselves as a large group, possibly thousands of them. Then notice the demons asked Jesus permission to possess the pigs, see Christ is in full control

Its also symbolic that the demons would enter the pigs, which were considered “unclean” in the Old Covenant. Its also notable the fate of the demons was drowned in the lake, which the demons know their ultimate fate is the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10)

When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed. Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again. Luke 8:34-37

Now here’s the interesting part of the story: there were multiple witnesses to these events, and they ran off and told everyone else in the town. And as they found the demon possessed man completely healed sitting at the feet of Jesus, they told Jesus to get out of here. Imagine that! These people witnessed the power of God right before them and they rejected him

This goes to show you again, that faith is not based on evidence. Many people have witnessed Jesus and his miracles, however they still rejected him. They didn’t want a relationship with God, they didn’t want salvation. Jesus has the power over Satan and death forever Amen!

16 thoughts on “Luke 8- Legion

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  2. LINDA FREITAS DOS ANJOS

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    Em qui., 30 de set. de 2021 20:23, Unashamed of Jesus escreveu:

    > Unashamed of Jesus posted: ” And when he went forth to land, there met him > out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no > clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.When he saw Jesus, he > cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice sa” >

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  4. Laura

    But faith is based on evidence; it’s just that the unbelieving heart refuses to believe IN SPITE OF the evidence.
    Our faith is not blind; their unbelief is blind.

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    1. JohnAllman.UK

      “… they told Jesus to get out of here. Imagine that! These people witnessed the power of God right before them and they rejected him …”

      Peter said, after the great catch of fish, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man.” I have heard that incident referred to as Peter’s “conversion”. Maybe some of the “rejection” in the Gaderenes coast contained elements of this sort of acceptance (with mixed feelings), of Christ’s deity. Otherwise, would not Christ have said, “Okay, tag along. There’s room for one more in the boat”, to the demoniac who asked to be allowed to follow Jesus, instead of telling him to stay put in the Gaderenes and be a witness there as to how much God had done for him? (As recorded in one of the other gospel accounts of the same incident.)

      After all, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

      Is not the Christian’s intellectual faith (a psychological state which we seek to justify using apologetics in discussion with unbelievers) in part based upon wishful thinking, the selective interpretation of evidence to confirm a bias, just like the intellectual faith of the atheist in the non-existence of God? Is not the mortal sin of the atheist his not wanting God to exist, rather than his claimed inability to bring himself to admit to the possibility that the testimonies of believers of answered prayers are more than mere confirmation bias, but evidence that his own godless worldview is catastrophically wrong?

      The beatitudes and the “Ask, seek, knock” teaching” support the teaching that knowing that one is intrinsically unworthy to be in God’s presence, is a blessing. It is the beginning of faith, before perfected love replaces (“casts out”) the last remnants of fear as the motivation for trying, if not to please God at first, at least not to enrage Him any longer.

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