«Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you» (Luke 8:39).
Their skin was covered with wounds, their hair was messy, their eyes were wild, their tongues were possessed. Nothing they wanted to do was worth anything if someone else ruled their will, but they saw someone in Jesus who could save them.
The spectacle was terrifying and sad, typical of a landscape painted by the cruel enemy in the creation of God.
We do not know if they were able to sleep, if they could eat. All we know is that they were worth less than pigs in that region.
How many times do we treat other people as if they were worth less than an animal! There is no need to beat them or verbally denigrate them. With our indifference, we show the same lack of interest that these poor demoniacs provoked in their fellow citizens of Gadara.
However, Jesus was about to calm a storm greater than the one He had calmed the night before. Jesus was about to make the callous owner of the herd of pigs react. The demoniacs, at Jesus’s order, sat, clothed, in their right minds, listening to Him. However, the people were not happy. It may be easy for us to condemn this behavior, but how many times do we genuinely rejoice when someone is removed from the enemy’s hands?
There were two pleas that morning. The Gadarenes begged Jesus to leave. The demoniacs begged him not to leave.
What was Jesus going to do? What prayer would I pay attention to? He did not force His presence on anyone and left. However, that was not why He ignored the pleas of the recently restored men. He knew that by preaching and telling what God had done, they would be sharing His task and His mission. «The two restored demoniacs were the first missionaries whom Christ sent to preach the gospel in the region of Decapolis. For a few moments only these men had been privileged to hear the teachings of Christ…They could tell what they knew; what they themselves had seen, and heard, and felt of the power of Christ. This is what everyone can do whose heart has been touched by the grace of God» (The Desire of Ages, 35, p. 340).
What will your plea be today? Does your life show evidence that Jesus transformed you?