Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him; and shouting with a loud voice, he said, “What business do You have with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!” For He had already been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” And He was asking him, “What is your name?” And he said to Him, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” And he begged Him earnestly not to send them out of the region.
In the Roman army, a legion was the largest unit. At full strength, that would have been about 6,000 soldiers. Of course, that doesn’t mean the man was possessed by that many demons, but it was to say there were many. As the man quickly made his way to Jesus, we know that the demons knew exactly who was in their midst.
Apparently, from the outset Jesus was calling the demons out of the man, perhaps even as he was approaching Him. The first words out of the possessed man’s mouth were defensive of what Jesus was doing. But the man recognized Jesus for who He was, he bowed before Jesus and rightly identified Him as the “Son of the Most High God.” Even the demons who plagued this man recognized Jesus’ power was greater than their own. They knew they would suffer at His words. Even in naming the demons, Jesus revealed they had no power over Him.
When we look at the areas of our lives where we have given Satan a foothold, we must remember this scene. Even if we never find ourselves possessed by a small army of demonic forces, we still need the power of Jesus to overcome the darkness and destruction we allow into our lives. We need the Son of the Most High God to look at those dark corners, name them, and expel them. And though we might look to find a backdoor or an escape, just as Legion did, we need the power that is greater than even the powers that bind us in sin. We need the power of the One who can break every chain that shackles our minds, hearts, and bodies in darkness.
- Where are the areas of your life where you are most prone to let evil in, even in small ways?
- Where do you need the power of Jesus to expel even the inkling of evil? In your mind? In your heart?
- Ask the Lord to search your heart and make known even the dark corners you might have disregarded. Repent of the ways you open the door for evil, even in seemingly small ways.