A man of unclean spirit, who would cry day and night, and bruise himself with stones- Do you know someone tormented or who inflicts injury on themselves? No one could bind him, or contain him that he would not injure other or himself, for that reason he is distant, and lives among tombs, among the dead. No one had the strength to subdue him, but physical strength would do nothing here.
What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Why are you concerning yourself with me or even we have no quarrel with you, who we recognize as the Son of God. It asks not to be tormented, knowing well the power. This was to respond to the Lord’s command it leave the body.
Legion, for we are many– What torture this must have been, but nothing is beyond Christ. They begged to be sent into the herd of pigs, rather then be banished. Jesus allowed it. That the herd drowned itself is a further proof of the possession. The Demons could not even enter a herd of pigs without his permission.
The herdsmen fled- It must have been a wondrous but frightening display of power. They begged Jesus to depart. He did not protest.
The man who had been possessed begged him he might be with him- Of course he did. But Jesus felt it more important for him to testify of God’s greatness and mercy.
Jairus fell at His feet- to plead desperately. When we are most desperate is when we learn to turn to Jesus. A crowd follows to witness a miracle, pressing about him. What a vivid scene created with few words.
Your faith has made you well – The woman is healed in faith. While many in life bump into, push, or press against Jesus, reaching in faith is what delivers us. Even in the crowd Jesus can find you.
Do not fear, only believe – Words of comfort for the broken heart of Jairus. We know that the words of Jesus are eternal, so we can rest in them even during these difficult times.
Not dead, only sleeping- Not beyond the power of God, as He proved. He invited few to witness, and instructed no one to tell. The Lord reveals to us what we must know at the right times.