A short narrative of the story of the demon possessed man being heal by Jesus goes something like this: Jesus arrives in Gerasene, meets a demon possessed man with no clothes, no home and lives by the tombs.
When the man sees Jesus, he begs Jesus not to send him into the Abyss. Instead he begs Jesus to cast him into the pigs instead. Pigs ran to river and drowns.
So what was Jesus trying to tell us with this story? There’s 3 important lessons that can be learned from this.
1. This man knew where to turn for help. When we are tired, hurting, struggling, etc. the Lord wants us to come to him. He is the only one who can really help us. We try so many other things in our lives to cope with our problems. We eat, sleep, and drink too much. We watch way too much TV. We drown ourselves in romance novels. We gamble on sporting events or the lottery. We shop for stuff we don’t need. We are obsessive about our home and work. Sometimes we just pretend the issues aren’t there by isolating ourselves. It doesn’t matter what we use to cope; it all leads to destruction. Destruction of our bodies, our minds and our spirits. Destruction of our relationship with God and others. Remember, we live in a sinful world that will always have problems. So the question is how do we deal with the problems?
They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs (Luke 8:26-27).