They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

Today people would say this man had a case of mental illness, put him in a mental institution of some sort and drug him. I wonder how many people today are in a similar situation as this man and are being treated for mental illness by the world? Is the church able to recognize those who are impacted by demons and serve to set them free as the Lord enables? May it be the case! This man’s mind was messed up, was in a lot of pain, but wanted to be set free and went to Jesus. This is key— do people in this man’s condition want to be set free? If so, Jesus can set them free! This man, once set free by Jesus, was sitting (he had been a driven man), dressed (he had been running around naked) and in his right mind (his mind previously bound by demons). The once demon possessed man wanted to go with Jesus, but Jesus sent him home to bear witness to what the Lord had done for him. Jesus can set any bound person free if they desire and call on Him. Let us take them to Jesus if they so desire!

Please, Dear Father, work through me to set them free in Jesus authority and by Your Spirit!

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