I think Jesus’ very presence is torture to demons and to all who walk in darkness. Just after Jesus and His disciples had crossed over the Lake of Galilee (after He had calmed the storm), He encountered two demon possessed men. Jesus had not spoken a word to them, but the demons must have known that Jesus was intending to cast them out; because they came at Jesus and were screaming at him. In the NLT it says (in Matthew 8:29), “They began screaming at him, ‘Why are you bothering us, Son of God? You have no right to torture us before God’s appointed time!”
I think Jesus’ very presence was a torture to them. In fact, I think this is true for all who live in darkness. All sinners hate the light, and they especially hate Jesus. There is no fellowship at all between light and darkness. In this story the demons were angry at Jesus and they screamed at Him.
I think their torture is in thinking of the dread that will come on them in the final judgment—that is a torture to their mind. But I think also that Jesus’ very presence is painful to them—a constant reminder to them of their sin and their fall from grace, and that there is no way out for them.
The people of that town also experienced displeasure in Jesus and what He had done (in casting the demons into their pigs). But I think this displeasure is not only in the loss of their pigs; it is in the fact of who Jesus was to them. I think they were under some demonic control and lived in darkness. They knew who Jesus was and they hated Him. They didn’t want any part of Him.
Can you relate to this story? I can. Recently I’ve been writing posts on prayer methods that are not of God. And I have been exposing them for what they are—evil. Just this morning I got a very disturbing reply. Someone was unhappy with what I wrote. I immediately deleted it because it was too inappropriate for viewing. But though I was very disturbed, I have to continue with writing the truth as I see it. I must do God’s will, and people must know the truth. It is the only way they can find freedom from the bondage of sin and Satan. In John 8:31-32 Jesus said,
If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. NIV