Pastor John Piper

 

Videos

  1. Why Did Demons Ask Jesus for Pigs? // Ask Pastor John
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Desiring God
        Date Published:- 2020-Oct-5th
        Link
  2. The Second Coming: Not Before the ‘Man of Lawlessness’ by John Piper
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- SermonIndex.Net
        Date Published:- 2020-April-12th
        Link

 

Insight

Why Did Demons Ask Jesus for Pigs? // Ask Pastor John

Question

When Jesus comes, he brings deliverance, freedom, grace, and power. But some people prefer what life is like without him.

A listener named Calvin from Singapore writes us today with a Bible question on Matthew 8. “Pastor John, my question is over Matthew 8:28–34. In this text, why did the demons ask Jesus’s permission to be sent into the pigs, when those pigs would be immediately drowned? Where else would they have gone? And where did they go after ‘the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters’?

This has always perplexed me!” Pastor John, what can you tell Calvin?

 

Scripture

Jesus Casts Out Demons – Matthew 8:28-34 ( Link )

When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way. And they cried out, saying, “What business do we have with each other, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” Now there was a herd of many swine feeding at a distance from them. The demons began to entreat Him, saying, “If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.” 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. The herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they implored Him to leave their region.

 

Teaching

  1. Story Recounted
    • Two Demon Possed Men encountered Jesus
    • Beg to be cast in the pigs
    • Whole Herds
    • Herdsmen Fled
    • All city came to meet Jesus
    • City begged him to leave
  2. Crystal Clear
    • 1 – Divinity
      • The Deamon know who Jesus Is
      • They call him the “Son of God
    • 2- Absolute Power
      • They know he has absolute power over them
      • He can cast them out or not
      • He can send them where he ever he chooses to
      • There is no negotiation here; as if they were equal partners
    • 3- Decided Future
      • In the future, they are appointed for final torment
      • They wonder if he has come to start that final judgment
      • Is this the time for the judgment?
      • Have you come to torment us before the time?
    • 4- Gentile Territory
      • Jesus reaching out to Gentile
      • Global Mission to all of the World
        • Matthew 28:19-20
    • 5- Big
      • Numbers
        • Matthew – ???
        • Mark – 2000
      • Serious
    • 6- Habitation
      • Pleaded to be sent to pigs shows how much they hated to be roaming around the world without habitation
      • wanted to get into beings to ruin their lives
    • 7- Pigs
      • They did not envision getting into pigs will lead to their ruin
      • Lost at seas
      • Sentenced into the Abyss
  3. Last Lessons
    • herdsmen went back to the city to proclaimed demon Posssed Man Story
      • Men live redeemed
      • Herds of pigs destroyed
        • Satan giving permission to test
        • Prosperity versus Ruin
        • Life and Hope versus wealth from pigs
  4. Question
    • 1- Jesus is the son of God
    • 2- Jesus is triumphant over unclean spirit
    • 3- Jesus liberates the captive and gives hope, even gentiles
    • 4- Jesus demands a choice
      • Love him and his salvation
      • Or your prosperity and wealth, your pigs in this case

 

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