Mercy for demons?

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Mark 4:46-5:20; Pro 16:6-7

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Mark 5:11-12
Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.”
And at once Jesus gave them permission.

I have always been intrigued by the demons’ request. Why would they even bother to beg Jesus, unless they expect some form of mercy? On the part of Jesus, why would he even bother with the pleas of unclean spirits? Shouldn’t he have spoken the word and rid the world of their foul influence? Yet, the Son of God answered the prayer of undeserving demons at the price of 2000 precious pigs.

We can never fathom the depths of God’s mercy. Yet, we are often too quick to judge the sins of others and declare their condemnation. We call people hopeless, and beyond redemption. Such attitudes only betray our lack of self-understanding, and poor awareness of our own depravity. We forget that we have been pardoned from hell only by the grace of God. Instead of lamenting for wasted pigs, we should be praising Jesus for redeeming the seemingly unredeemable – by His own precious blood.

Lord, may we never be too quick to judge another as beyond help and hope. Teach us to show mercy in the way we have known mercy.