In Part 1 we saw Jesus exorcise the demon-possessed man. What response would we have had here in Worcester? And what did you expect from the town-people at that time? They are afraid. But why were they scared – here are some thoughts.
Here is a problem that they could not humanly solve. No human could possibly solve it. So if someone solved it, he could not be human. If the problem was related to evil, could we trust the healer?
What if he was more evil than the evil he chased out? Also, if this man now cost them 2000 pigs – mind you, 2000 pigs that also suffered and died – could he really care for their welfare?
We often ignore the man who was healed as the fear of all else takes over. The fear of the unknown, the loss of our goods, and our comfort zone is now wiped out.
Today, some are in denial of the supernatural while others revel excessively in it. The Bible acknowledges the supernatural, but does not make it the focus of our life.
The focus rather is on the One who created the supernatural. Who has the supernatural under his command. Who rescues man from their clutches.
Jesus cared for that one man – the man made in God’s image. Does the death of the pigs bother us above the redemption of the man? If so, we may be infected by the more deceptive demons of our times than we may realize. God sets the priorities right in the first century and still does so today.