And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.
Legion: a principal unit of the Romany army comprising between 3,000 and 6,000 soldiers.
Jesus was met by a man living in the tombs after crossing the sea, a man that the locals had tried in vain to restrain with chains and bonds. A man who terrorized the region because of his condition until the moment He met Christ. What an amazing display of the power of Christ over darkness we get to behold here! Throughout Scripture we see instances of Jesus healing, casting out demons, raising the dead, but it is in this moment that we see a miraculous display of His immense power. We are not told the exact number of demons that dwelt within this man, but we see from the text that there were enough to drive 2,000 swine off the cliff and into the sea.
A legion of demons that trembled at the presence of Christ before them, a legion that begged before Him. Recall the story of the man who said “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) when the disciples were unable to cast out a single demon from a stricken boy. Apart from Christ we are powerless over darkness, we are powerless over a single soldier in the army of hell. A thousand of us could not stand without the power of Christ at work in us, it is only because of Him that we are able and mighty.
We are strong because He is strong in us, we are mighty because He is mighty in us. His power, not ours, causes the darkness to tremble. There is nothing that can stand against Him, there is no power of darkness that can prevail over Him. What have you to fear? So often in life we focus on the problem or the power of the enemy that stands before us when we should only be focused on Christ within us. He is our everything, our mighty tower and strong shield, what have you to fear?
He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me,
For they were too strong for me.