Two Thousand Pigs Under the Sea

Jesus is immediately thrust into a conflict with a man possessed by demons, as He and His disciples arrive on the other side of the Sea of Galilee in Mark 5. The place where they land was conquered by Alexander the Great and later brought under Roman control by Pompey. Mark’s immediate audience in Rome would see the connections between this event and their current struggle under Roman leaders who were daily harassing and killing them for following Jesus. Even the language of “legion” highlights the connection Mark is trying to make. For the early reader and for the reader today, we are reminded that Jesus is more powerful than any evil brought against Him.