Gospel – 7/1/20 – Matthew 8:28-34
When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes,
two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him.
They were so savage that no one could travel by that road.
They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God?
Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?”
Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding.
The demons pleaded with him,
“If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.”
And he said to them, “Go then!”
They came out and entered the swine,
and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea
where they drowned.
The swineherds ran away,
and when they came to the town they reported everything,
including what had happened to the demoniacs.
Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus,
and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.
I find it interesting that today, Jesus visits the Eastern Shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is a place primarily populated by Gentiles.
We know that these are Gentiles, they are raising hogs. Jews would never defile themselves with touching swine.
The area is held prisoner by two demoniacs who attack anyone who comes close. A whole town is held captive by two men. They must have been terrible indeed.
But Evil recognizes Good. Immediately, these two men who hold everyone down from fear begin to beg Jesus not to harm them – not to torture them as they have been torturing others.
The Apostles witness, first hand, the Power of Jesus from God. He exorcises the demons out of the men and into the herd of swine. And the swine hurl themselves into the sea and drown.
Jesus will never leave us alone – Jew, Gentile, or whatever. He came to heal us all.
Will we let him?
At least that’s what I heard Him say…