This is what Jesus does to the demons
Luke 8: 30-33 “Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
- He brings into the light what is hidden.
The man is a good man with a bad problem. Jesus exposes the man not to shame but that what is causing him shame.
- He commands to know their name.
This is not because he doesn’t know. It is because at his feet everything has to bow. To reveal your name is to surrender your identity.
- He permits them to beg.
They begged repeatedly and they begged again. If a legion is up to 6,000 Roman soldiers in a unit then the begging would have been very loud indeed! Hell is begging Heaven. What an amazing sound that is!
- He does not give them what they want.
It may look like the demons have got what they wanted but Jesus was playing a better game. The demons wanted to temporarily enter the pigs so that somehow they could return to some other human. They didn’t want to go into the Abyss. They got what they wanted to a point, but they didn’t account for the pigs choosing the wrong route!
- He shows them that the sanity and welfare of this man is more important than their destruction and that of the pigs.
The removal of the oppressing, possessing and controlling spirits is a demonstration to the forces of evil that Jesus in a human being is far more powerful than 6,000 demons.
Thank God for Jesus!