Jesus and His disciples went across the Sea of Galilee to the country of the Gadarenes. These people were not Jewish. It’s easy to tell because of the story. When He got there, a man came forward and the demons in him threw him down.
“What do you want with us, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Do not throw us in the abyss!”
Jesus asked his name. “Legion,” was the reply because there were many demons in him. These demons asked to be sent into a herd of pigs being watched nearby and Jesus gave permission. The pigs went mad and threw themselves off a cliff and were drowned.
When the swine herdsmen went into the village to tell what had happened, the people came out. They could see the man sitting at Jesus feet, fully clothes and in his right mind. This scared the people even more and they asked Jesus to go, which He did. The cured man wanted to follow Jesus, but He told the man to go home and tell what God had done for Him.
Why were they afraid? Well, first their pigs went nuts and drowned themselves. Then they find a man who could break free from iron chains dressed and in his right mind. It is unlikely these people were Jewish, Jews don’t eat pork. Therefore, they had no idea of Who Jesus was. Those are pretty good reasons to be afraid.
Why send the man home? Jesus wanted him to tell his people what had happened. This would prepare them for the news of His death and resurrection. In a way, the man was preparing another path for the Word of God.
What can we learn? “For God so loved the *world* He gave His only begotten Son.” This man was not the only gentile Jesus cured. Jesus showed His love at a time when Jews didn’t associate with gentiles. This story isn’t in the Bible just to show how powerful Jesus was. As the Son of God there is nothing He can’t do. I believe it’s in the Bible to show us that we need to step out of our love comfort zone.
There are people that are sometimes overlooked, judged and looked down on by Christians. That was not Christ’s way, nor was it the way of the Apostles. It’s the exact opposite. It’s time to look at this story in a new light, and then go out and do likewise.