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Invasion of the Gadarenes
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In a strategic move to widen the territory for the Kingdom of GOD, JESUS invades the Gentile territory held by satan. Making a early morning landing on the shores of the Gadarenes,JESUS begins the battle.
The enemy rushes to meet the HOLY enemy on the shore. The enemy is well known in the land around the Sea of Galilee. The disciples knew about the two crazy and violent men who stalked the area. The Jews would never set foot on this enemy beach because the pigs had contaminated the very ground. Plus the two men lived in the tombs, which also is unclean to a Jew.
But JESUS had come to rescue those held prisoner. This invasion had been planned in ages past. The enemy was ready.
As the boat touched shore, the enemy charged. “We know YOU, SON of GOD.” The charging naked crazy men caused the disciple to draw back. Even chains could not restrain these powerful evil men. No human had been able to subdue them.
JESUS simply waited.
The enemy forces had been surprised by this invasion. “Why are you here now? We don’t want to fight YOU? Leave us alone.” Whining their pain in the face of the HOLY LIGHT, the darkened souls shrunk back. “YOU’re gonna send us to our doom now.” Fear laced this question.
In the calm voice of leadership and power JESUS asked, “What is your name?” JESUS made this battle personal. JESUS had seen these demons before, in the battle in Heaven. JESUS knew the evil torture that they had inflicted on these two men. The torture ends now. The occupation of GOD’s territory ends now. The Kingdom of GOD was coming to the Gadarenes.
“Legion,” hissed the demon. “We have the numbers to overwhelm your small force. We are mighty. We are many.” The demons stood a little straighter in an attempt to cower JESUS.
JESUS stood silent. JESUS gave the demons time to make good their boast. The silence lengthened in the morning air. Gulls screamed in the air. The waves continued pushing at the shore. The two POWs stood, breathing heavily, wondering.
The staring contest broke. Legion panicked. The demons had lost this battle without JESUS saying a word. The reputation of JESUS from the last war chilled their lust for battle and destruction. Frantic they looked around. Escape. “There. The herd of pigs. We can continue in this earthly realm in the pigs. This HOLY Jew would never touch us in a pig.”
Glancing back at JESUS, Legion said, “Send us there JESUS. If we have to leave these two men, send us into the pigs.” The forces behind Legion giggled. “We’ll still be alive.”
JESUS simply jerked HIS head toward the herd. “Go.” This word did not give permission. This word was a command. JESUS completed this battle with only one word. Two simple letters defeated thousands of demons.
JESUS smiled as he heard the demons’ conversation as they entered the pigs. “We made it. We tricked HIM. We will survive.”
The voices changed in tone. Frustration turned to fear as the pigs reacted to the evil in their bodies. The pigs bolted in fear and loathing. Rushing toward the waters of the Sea, JESUS heard the demons cry, “Noooooo. Don’t do this. We will die if you die.”
Demons found it easy to control humans. Humans think. Humans are like demons in that they can make choices. Pigs don’t think. They simply ran, mindless in the easiest direction, downhill.
Looking back at the two POWs, JESUS had the disciples dress them, give them some food. HE went ashore to claim this area as the KING of KINGS. Putting a compassionate hand on the men’s shoulders, HE said, “Let’s sit and talk a while.”
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