Mark 5:13 is our verse for today: "So he gave them permission.  And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the pigs, and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank int the sea and were drowned in the sea." In yesterday's verses, we see how the demoniac, knowing the inevitability of being cast out of the man by the absolute authority of Jesus, asked if Jesus would send them into the herd of pigs.  Our verse today shows that Jesus gave this permission.  And the unclean spirits went into the pigs.  Were there 2,000 demonic hosts?  We don't know.  They were named "Legion," thus showing there were many.  But the exact number, we don't know.

Why did Jesus permit them to enter the pigs?  I offer this conjecture.  Jesus is exalting here human beings, the crown of his creation.  Yes, God loves the animal kingdom, including pigs.  He created all animals.  They are precious in his sight.  But humans are supreme in God's created order.  We rest at the top of God's importance.  Only we have souls.  Only we can worship God.  Only we hold the key to choice in moral behavior.

Jesus wants no human being to be possessed or oppressed by any demonic agency.  We are his penultimate prize!  God wants a personal relationship with us, to live inside us, Christ in us, the hope of all glory!

Today, realize how much God loves you.  He doesn't want you to be filled with anything except his presence.  If you haven't done so, invite Jesus today to live in your heart.  Be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Let nothing or no one except Jesus control you.

Why?  Because you are the crown of his created order!