Luke 8:26-39, Who Is This (Part 2)

Luke 8:26-39 records an encounter Jesus had with a man possessed and abused by demonic forces. Several important themes are woven throughout the story. The demoniac serves as living parable of the tragic human condition. The story also points us to Jesus who alone wields power sufficient to overcome evil. Particularly instructive is the response of those involved. The man delivered and transformed wanted to follow Jesus, but nearby residents, finding the man “clothed and in his right mind,” asked Jesus to leave their region. Why? They cared more about their present possessions than about the eternal salvation of a soul. Luke subtly weaves one other important theme throughout the story: the universal nature of the message of Jesus.