Jesus' encounter with the demon-possessed men is a stunning example of His power over darkness, and the story reveals multiple truths for us to consider. (I would encourage you to read the whole story in Matthew 8:28–34.) Jesus was traveling with His disciples in Gadara. This was important since the Gadarene region was a “foreign land” to be avoided, made up not of Jews, but Gentiles—those originally outside God’s covenant. This shows Jesus’ willingness to go even to those on the “outside” in order to heal and restore.
The behavior and location of the men possessed by demons (they lived in a cemetery) shows what the darkness of sin does to us: surrounding us with death, isolating and robbing us of peace. The demons believed in God and recognized Jesus, addressing Him specifically as the Son of God. There is some thought that the first time Jesus’ disciples heard about Jesus’ full identity was from these demons! James 2:19 says, You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. (NLT)
The demons knew they were no match for Jesus, begging Him to release them from the men and to be cast into pigs instead. It almost seems unthinkable to consider demons praying, but this is, in a sense, what they did in making the request of Jesus. With just His words, the demons inhabited the pigs, some two-thousand of them the Bible says. And then? They hurled themselves off a cliff. Jesus’ identity and power were verified by the very forces who opposed Him.
How does Jesus’ power over demonic darkness encourage you to live today? He’s always alongside you to protect and guide.