Power Over The Demonic
In the story of the Demon-Possessed Man we witness the power Jesus has over the demonic. Instead of coming and attacking Jesus this man who lived amongst the tombs in the caves, in whom no man was strong enough to subdue, being described like a Werewolf, instead of trying to hurt Jesus bows before Him in worship.
In Christ we don't fear evil spirits for they are under our feet. We have been given all authority and power over the enemy. Satan was stripped of his authority when Jesus rose from the dead as it says in Colossians 2:15, "He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him."
So you have nothing to fear, go where God leads you, speak what God says to you, do what He tells you, for nobody can stop you.
This man was possessed by 6000 demons for the evil spirit told Jesus his name was legion which in the Roman military means a force of that number. Jesus simply commanded it to come out and they begged to not leave the country, which reveals the darkness in that region, when Jesus sent them into the 2 thousand pigs and the pigs jumped over the ledge and drowned it revealed to the people Satan's plan not to just torment but to destroy them.
The herdsmen now run off spreading what happened to everyone. A crowd gathered around Jesus and witnessing the possessed man perfectly sane were afraid. This shows how much darkness was in their own lives and how fearful they were to change. Instead of crying out for deliverance they were pleading to Jesus to leave. My question is what was wrong with them.
These people were full of greed the pigs were their gain and they had lost there means. They did not want to lose anything else. As we learned in the last chapter from the parable of the farmer scattering seeds their ground was that of thorns. As Jesus spoke in Matthew 16:26, "you can gain the whole world and lose your soul." Some people are so greedy that no matter the damage the enemy does they don't want to lose what they think is their own.
Accepting Jesus means surrendering all few are willing to make that kind of commitment.
It is the Werewolf like individual in this region alone that gets delivered and desires to follow Jesus. We can not judge anyone God loves to use the least like lies, the seemingly hardest to reach.
As the man begged to follow Jesus, He says no I want you to go tell your family. So the man goes to the ten near towns and proclaims what Jesus did to everyone and they were amazed.
Following Jesus does not mean we have to leave our home and country it just means we have to tell others wherever He places us the amazing things He has done.
The majority of religious leaders hated Jesus but here is one in verse 22 named Jairus who fell before Jesus pleading to him to heal his daughter.
We can learn from this that we are to never lump people together saying things like "you people," or "that's how they are." No, people are individuals and each one different and unique like no other. If we judge a group of people based on the experience of a few individuals that is discrimination.
This synagogue leader had faith, for he believed Jesus could heal his dying daughter by coming and laying His hands on her. As Jesus went with him a woman in the crowd whom had suffered greatly despite seeing many doctors, came behind Him and touched his robe and was healed of her infirmity.
No matter the issue, no matter how shameful it is, even if we can tell no one, Jesus is saying just reach out to me and you can be healed. We are now the body of Christ, the power to heal people like this woman is in us. God gave us power for it to flow out of us. What good would a power plant be without electricity coming from it into the community?
We should feel well spent each day because of the power being released through our lives in ministry. If we are walking in power people will hear about it. People who have kept their shame hidden from others will come to us for help. We are to be an object that people put their faith towards God in. What an awesome privilege to bring peace and release people from great suffering through the power of God within us.
As Jesus continued messengers came and told Jairus it is to late your daughter is dead. Jesus said to Jairus "Don't be afraid. Just have faith."
No matter the news if Jesus has spoken to us we can count on it no matter the odds. Our God is supernatural, there is nothing He can not do, all things are now possible, all we have to do is believe.
Jesus went to the home and after telling the crowd that "the child isn't dead; she's only asleep," they laughed at him.
We cannot be moved by unbelievers and mockers, we must be moved by faith and faith alone even without the support of others.
Jesus went to this twelve year old girl and said "little girl, get up!"
Today no matter what you are facing all you need is a Word from God. God's Word is above any other word or label or infirmity that has been placed on or in you. So in Jesus name be healed, be free, be loosed from whatever has held you down.