What is it like to be a “Gadarene?”
Jesus comes to the territory of the Gadarenes, those Gentiles “beyond the area normally embraced by Israel.”
Well, for one thing, the Gadarenes become accustomed to the two demons who are so savage no one travels on that road by the tombs. But Jesus does. And he expels the demons. One would think that the Gadarenes would be eternally grateful. Instead, they tell Jesus to go away. They like their swine. They put up with the demons. Why did Jesus have to go and destroy the life they love?
According to Bishop Sklba, begging Jesus to leave the town in Mt. 8:34 is the “saddest” sentence in the New Testament.