In this famous passage, Jesus meets a man possessed by an army of demons. Jesus finds him living a half-life among the tombs, cutting himself and screaming out. He’s the victim of endless torture at the hands of malicious demons.
Out of love and as an act of mercy, Jesus heals this man. Jesus exercises His authority by freeing him from demonic control. In doing so, Jesus orders this legion of demons to leave the man alone and instantly he is free.
In addition to demonstrating Jesus unrivalled authority, this event highlights two contrasting responses to Jesus as Saviour. The onlooking crowd begs Jesus to leave them alone. The healed man begs to follow Jesus.
Which response best describes your reaction to Jesus?