Demons and Dead Pigs (Matthew 8:28-34)

Jesus had just arrived in Gadarenes when two demon-possessed men came out from the tombs.  These men were so violent that nobody could enter the tombs or even pass by them.

The men cried out to Jesus, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God?  Have you come here to torment us before the time?”  (ESV)

The demons acknowledged the divinity of Jesus and his ultimate victory over evil.

The demons then requested to be cast into a herd of pigs.  Jesus agreed, they went into the pigs, and the pigs ran into the sea where they all drowned.

When the people in the city discovered what happened they were terrified and begged Jesus to leave their region.

I wonder what became of the two men.  They were wildly insane and Jesus made them whole.  They were finally able to function as normal human beings.  I like to think they used their blessing to bring peace and good news everywhere they traveled.

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