The first step to answer this question is to try and establish what demon possession actually entailed.

The short answer is that people of Jesus’ day understood demons to be the cause of otherwise unexplainable ailments (a belief they had inherited from other cultures).  For a more detailed analysis, please see the answer to this question: Why do OT and NT teachings on demons appear to differ?

With the benefit of our modern understanding we can see that these are simply different illnesses (physical or mental) the cause of which have now been worked out scientifically.  In the case of Legion it seems that he suffered from some kind of schizophrenia.

And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.”
Mark 5:9

Jesus healed the man of his mental illness and then changed the behaviour of the pigs.  This was obviously not a literal transference because mental illness doesn’t work like that.  It isn’t like an infection that can be passed on, but importantly to the onlookers it would have appeared like it had been.  The ‘demons’ would therefore have been drowned along with the pigs. It appears that Jesus did this to convince everyone, especially the man who was healed, that the demons had really gone.

The interesting outcomes for us surround the spiritual lessons Jesus was demonstrating to us:

  • Jesus is Lord, even over the most complex of human conditions, and God has given him the power to heal
  • Jesus’ healing is final.  The sight of the pigs disappearing under the water told Legion that he had been cured for good
  • Jesus’ healing should bring about a response

And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.
Mark 5:20

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29 Responses to Where did the Legion of demons go after the pigs died in the water?

  1. clemence jacob says:

    how many pigs were entered by legion demos????? plizzz help

  2. Carolyn says:

    Wow. I read your article and the ensuing comments. I am dumbfounded by the spirit of error.

    One comment I especially liked however, is that Jesus said IN MY NAME THEY WILL CAST OUT DEMONS.

    I would venture to say this is a prophetic word from Jesus. And further, that God said He causes His true prophets words to come to pass. Deuteronomy 18:22/Jeremiah 28:9

    Fast forward: Acts 19:11-17 The seven sons of Sceva.

    Ephesians 6:10-17…is a beautiful teaching on our recourse against these demonic forces…principalities and powers.

    Science. Ha! I would rather take the Word of God than the word of man any day! God said what He meant. Jesus said what He meant.

    To take His Word and try to “new age” it is calling Him a liar. And to teach others error is a sin. Let’s call this thing as it is!

    2 Corinthians 11:4 and Galatians 1:8

    I pray that the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened (Ephesians 1:18), and that you will truly seek God in prayer about interpreting His Word. If you ask, He will answer you and tell you great and mighty things that you never knew! Jeremiah 33:3 Ask.

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