Demoniac Freed by the King
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8) Make no mistake about it, spiritual forces are at work in this world. “[T]he god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) But for us, who see that light, “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13).
The king has come, and the decisive battle has been fought. Victory is certain and is underway: “Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.” (John 12:31) But we are still engaged in the struggle. And that struggle is beyond the power of our own human strength. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12) And for that battle, we must be united to, under the power of and empowered by the King of glory, Jesus Christ.
But that union and power came at tremendous cost to the King himself. How great has your deliverance been? The demoniac who had a legion of demons leave him at the command of Christ knew full well the gravity and grace of his deliverance. Do you? The demoniac probably did not yet grasp just what his true deliverance would cost the Lord, but we do. God could create more pigs with a word. But to save this man — and to save you — would cost him his Son.
Demoniac Given a Job
When you understand that you, too, once walked under the “domain of darkness”, and when you consider the price God paid for your redemption, will you, like that demoniac who was saved, proclaim how much Jesus has done for you? I hope you will. Of course the man wanted to go with Jesus. But Jesus tasked him with sharing the good news of the kingdom, speaking of the king who will deliver many. We have been given that very same task (Matt. 29:18-20). Let us get to work.