8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!” 9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.”
With all that is going on in the world, is the church mad at what angers Jesus? Evil was and is still something that angers Jesus. Jesus calls evil by its name and casts it out. Are
we as a church willing to stand up against evil? We need to denounce evil groups and all that they stand for.
Jesus and His disciples had traveled across the other side of the sea into the country of
Gerasenes. The disciples thought that they had traveled across so that they could have a
reprieve from the relentless duties that they had and a break from the crowd. Jesus however had another plan. Jesus knew what was coming. As they got off the boat they
were met by a man with an unclean spirit. This man was a raging lunatic. People were afraid of him. They were scared. This man was possessed by a demon. This person was being controlled by evil. His thoughts were controlled by evil. His words were controlled by evil. His actions were controlled by evil.
Recognizing the threat that this man posed the people in the area tried to subdue the man. They tried to control the evil. The neighbors tried to contain him with chains and shackles. There were no chains that were strong enough to hold the man. These people were fighting evil with worldly ways. Evil is a spiritual battle that must be fought through the power of Jesus. We cannot fight evil alone. We must seek the help of God. We must seek guidance the prayer and reading the Bible.
The demons seeing Jesus at a distance could since that they were in the presence of the Holy King. The demons were scared and they panicked. According to Luke 8:28, the demons screamed in terror. The man ran up to Jesus and bowed down in front of Jesus.
The demons were not worshiping Jesus as a way of repenting of what evil they represented since demons cannot repent. They were bowing down in horrifying recognition of the heavenly being.
The demons recognizing Jesus asked through the man, what business do you have with me? Jesus tells the demons not to torment Him. Jesus is starting to address the evil. He is telling the demons not to mess with Him. These demons knew who Jesus was. Demons are fallen angels that joined Satan’s rebellion and were cast out of heaven. So they knew who Jesus was and they knew they were no match for Him.
We see that Jesus asked what the demons name was. Jesus knew the name of the demons but He asked so that they demons would vocalize it themselves. The demons said there name was legion. Legion was a term that was used to describe a group of Roman soldiers that equaled 6,000 soldiers. It was a term that was also used figuratively in the New Testament as a powerful force whether it was a group of angels or demons.
This was a very serious situation for the man that had been possessed by the demons. The man was tormented by the demons. It was a very serious situation for the people around the man. These people feared the man and the demons because they were extremely dangerous. These demons went against everything that God stood for.
Jesus called out these demons because of their evil nature. We as followers of Christ are to also call out evil for what it is. We are to call it by name just as Jesus did. The demons causing evil were called out by name. We as the church must confront evil in the world when we see it. It should be done through prayer and seeking the will of God. The main thing is we cannot idly stand by and allow evil to reign and cause fear.