Matthew 8:28-34 – CONFRONTATION!
There were often confrontations between Jesus and the representatives of Satan. Sometimes Satan’s representatives were real people like the scribes and Pharisees. Other times Satan’s representatives were people possessed by demons, such as the case in this story.
THE DESPERATION OF SINNERS – Vs. 28
These men were under Satan’s control and in desperate straits. Any person without Christ is in desperate straits as well. Ephesians 2:1-3
THE DESIRE OF DEMONS – Vss. 29-31
It’s ironic, the tormentors did not want to be tormented. They can dish it out, but don’t want to take it. Their desire was also that they would be sent into a herd of swine.
THE DOMINATION BY JESUS – Vs. 32
At the word of Jesus the demons departed into the swine.
At the word of Jesus the demoniacs became sane.
Such is the authority and power of our Lord.
THE DECISION OF A CITY – Vss. 33-34
Instead of embracing Jesus, they asked him to leave.
How many people today have made the same tragic decision?