Matthew 8:29-32. Driven Out. 3 Mar 2023
Mat 8:29 Suddenly they (the demoniacs) shouted,
'What do you want with us, Son of God?
Have you come here to torture us before the time?'
30 Now some distance away there was a large herd of pigs feeding,
31 and the devils pleaded with Jesus,
'If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.'
32 And he said to them, 'Go then,'
and they came out and made for the pigs;
and at that the whole herd charged down the cliff into the lake
and perished in the water.
Interestingly, the devils recognized Jesus as the Son of God. 'If you drive us out, ...' Surprisingly, Jesus granted the request of the devils. And the devils needed the permission of Jesus. They choose for their own doom.
The children of God can act in freedom.
Nevertheless, I as well may choose for my own doom.
Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit.
Again and again, I need to choose Jesus as my redeemer.