1. They arrived some time later on the other side of the lake, in the country of the Gerasenes.
2. And as soon as He stepped out of the boat, a madman under the influence of a rebel spirit came right up to him from out of the cemetery.
3. This man actually lived outside among the tombs, and no authority could subdue him any more, even with chains.
4. In an effort to control his violent and antisocial behavior, he had been bound on many occasions with handcuffs and shackles on his feet, but every time he wrenched the cuffs apart, and broke the shackles in pieces. No one seemed to have the strength to restrain or tame him, so they just left him alone to live in the graveyard.
5. Night and day he was out there among the tombs on the mountainside, shrieking and screaming, and mutilating his naked body with stones.
6. But when he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees before Him in reverent submission...the spirit controlling him recognized Jesus, as the spirits always did, and true to form, its first instinct was to bow before Jesus in worship.
7. And, crying out with a loud voice, the spirit spoke through the man, saying, "What business do You have here with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High? Why has the Son of God come here? I beg you not to torment me!"
8. Jesus immediately recognized that the worship and honor was coming from the dis-embodied spirit, and not from the man, so He said, "Come out of this man, you controlling spirit!"
9. And He asked him, "What is your name?" And the spirit responded simultaneously in the singular and in the plural, because in the spirit realm they are most always the same. And, mixing his pronouns he said, "'My' name is Legion, for 'we' are many!"
10. Being typically resistant to change or movement as rebel spirits usually are, he kept begging Him urgently not to send him/them away out of that region.
11. Now an enormous herd of hogs was grazing there on the hillside while this exchange was happening.
12. So "Legion" begged Him, saying, "Please, Sir, grant us permission to go to the hogs, that we may go into them!"
13. So He did give them the permission, being fully aware that they could do nothing without it. And the spirits came out of the man, and entered into the hogs. And the entire herd, numbering about 2,000, immediately rushed headlong down the steep slope into the lake, and were drowned in the water.
14. Terrified, the hog feeders ran away, and told everyone they met in the town and in the country about the bizarre incident. And practically everyone they told came to see what it was that had taken place.
15. And they came to Jesus and looked with amazement at the man who had been previously controlled by the spirits, just sitting there, clothed, calm, and completely lucid...the very same man who had been controlled by the Legion of spirits called demons...and they were seized with alarm and struck with fear.
16. And those who had seen it related in full what had happened to the man who had lived in the cemetery, and to the hogs.
17. And they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighborhood.
18. So He did, and when He had stepped into the boat, the man who had been liberated kept begging Him that he might go with Him and be with Him...now worshipping Him on his own accord, and not under the influence of any other entity.
19. But Jesus said to him, "No, friend...you'll be more effective if you go home to your own family and friends, and tell them all that the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you. They need to see for themselves what has happened to you!"
20. And the man departed and immediately began to publicly proclaim in Decapolis, or the region of the Ten Cities, how much Jesus had done for him...and his testimony was, indeed, very effective, for all the people were astonished and marveled when they heard him!