Finally in this chapter, we have the great incident of Christ healing the Gergesene demoniac, an incident which is more fully recorded by Luke.  This is at the same time one of the most remarkable and most encouraging miracles of Christ, in that it clearly demonstrates His absolute power over the forces of darkness.  Even a legion of devils was powerless to withstand His authority.  They recognized Him immediately as the Son of God, showing that the devils are quicker to identify and quail before divine power than are men.  They pleaded to be sent into the swine, rather than cast into destruction, an act of judgment fully within Christ’s power, a power He will exercise at the last day.

I cannot say why Jesus permitted them to go into the swine, unless perhaps as a rebuke to Jewish men who knew better than to be raising unclean animals.  I offer this only as a theory, since I do not know whether these men were Jewish or not.  At any rate, the malignant demons drove the poor animals down a steep place into the lake, drowning a large herd.  Then we have the unhappy conclusion to this episode, when the men of the city come out and beseech the Lord to depart from their presence.  Here we see that men think more highly of their livestock than they do of Jesus.  They could not rejoice that the raging demoniac had been cured, because they had suffered a loss of property.  Vain man is more tied to his prosperity on this dying earth than with the welfare of his immortal soul.  We will later see an even starker example of the horrendous depravity of man in that they would ask the freedom of a robber in order that Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, may die.

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