Matthew 8:28-32 And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, "What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?" Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, saying, "If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs." And he said to them, "Go." So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters.
Many people do not believe in demons, or the supernatural. Our western culture tends to elevate science so much that we don't even talk about supernatural forces, lest we be labeled a fruitcake. But demon possession is a fact, and it was running rampant in Christ's time. Did the appearance of the Messiah stir up the demonic world? The first century Jews in Palestine don't seem particularly surprised by demon possession; it seems to have been going on for some time. Are they just ignorant, or were things different in the world at that time? What does Jesus power over demons mean to us today? Are there evil forces at work in our world? Does Christ's power over the forces of evil give us comfort? Are we able to talk about this subject or does it make us extremely uncomfortable. Come and hear more this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
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