In some area of your life, do you want to be healed? Do you wish to leave your shame and guilt behind, and take on the joy and responsibility of a relationship with someone who will heal you from your brokenness?
When I read Jesus miracle about healing the demon-possessed man, I typically have tended to focus on the actions and words of the demons and the pigs. But, I find what happens next in the story quite interesting.
In passing by his disciples, Jesus is reveals his divinity and utter mastery of the Creation.
In this passage we read: “He could not keep his presence a secret.” Puzzling, isn’t it? That the King of the Universe could not do this one small thing?
Jesus seems to be at a point in his ministry where he’s drawing both positive and negative attention. So after this very public calling out, he takes the men “indoors” and tests their faith privately by asking, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
This healing episode raises interesting questions about action and motivation, and provides little resolution. So why does Jesus choose to miraculously heal this man?