Demonic Begging – Part 1
Three people begged Jesus for something in this story. The demons, the crowd and the freed man. Who do we relate to more and how does Jesus respond when we beg?
Let’s not picture this begging like a pan-handler asking for a couple coins. What I’m picturing here is a POW begging to not be put back into isolation after having just spent 4 weeks there. It’s a posture of humiliation, desperation and intensity. This is what I picture as the demons beg Jesus for mercy in how He deals with them. They know they are guilty and that Jesus is more than able to exercise authority over them. They did not want to go back to the pit, which they knew was a real possibility.
When we find ourselves afraid of God torturing us and sending us to the pits of hell, we have more in common with a legion of demons that with our Father in heaven. When Jesus encounters this man tormented by demons, he looks past the nudity, violence, scars, insanity, lack of self control, and horror that presented itself. He saw the creation of God, the beautiful diamond under the garbage heap. So, He commands the demons to leave by the authority of Jesus Christ! Leave this man, leave this woman! Let the kings and queens of the kingdom be revealed in Jesus’ name!
Demons are going to tell you that you are going to die and be tortured forever in hell because they are going to be tortured forever in hell and they want you to stay in fellowship with them so that you can go down with them. They are attracted to you because you believe their lies and their lies seem more true every moment because you continue to hear them constantly as the demons are more and more attracted to you as you more and more believe them! Vicious cycle. Soon you’ll find yourself with a whole legion of those buzzards. You need a savior who will break their lies over you and bring freedom and truth where you only had lies and death.
Back to the story. The demons leave, enter and kill the pigs and the crowds gather. This is the second group who beg of Jesus. They begged Jesus to leave…