Matthew 8:32 “And He said to them, ‘Go!’ And they came out and went into the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the waters.”
I have always loved this story. My uncle was a pig farmer, so I saw pigs a lot. They are nasty animals. They smell. They stay dirty. They are just nasty. But to see them full of demons – now that would be a sight. And then to see them all run in the water and drown – that would have been crazy.
But that is exactly what happened. Jesus commanded the demons inside the two men to leave. But notice He just said one word – GO! The demons had chosen the pigs. I guess pigs are better than nothing. With one word He sent them. They didn’t leave until He said, “Go!” But then they obeyed Him.
There are a couple of lessons here for our children. One – Jesus loves everyone, even those who may appear a little crazy. He had compassion on these two deranged, tormented souls. He set them free. We don’t know what happened to them afterwards, but I have to believe their lives were changed and they couldn’t help but tell the story to everyone.
Secondly, children need to understand that Jesus is the ultimate authority. Even the demons have to obey Him. And if demons, who hate Jesus, have to obey Him when He speaks, why wouldn’t we, who love Him, want to obey Him? Hearing the Lord’s voice is one thing, but obeying it is so much more important. And they obeyed immediately. They didn’t ask for more time or a better breed of pigs. They obeyed.
Are you obeying the Lord’s commands? Or are you picking and choosing which commands fit your schedule or your lifestyle? Obedience is not optional. If you are a follower of Christ, you must obey His commands. Followers follow. Ask Him right now what His orders are for today. He may just surprise you.