After exhibiting his power over the storm, Jesus demonstrates his authority over the demons in Gentile territory. Further, he works a dramatic transformation in a human life. The man is said to be “possessed” by demons. The unclean spirit turns out to be a regiment (“Legion” was an imperial army term), which recognizes Jesus as did other demons. The man’s condition is dangerous to himself and to others, and has persisted over a long time. This is no ordinary exorcism. Its lasting effects could be doubted, which is probably why Jesus agrees to send the demons into the swine—for visible proof that the demons have left the man. They ask not to be sent to “the abyss.” The word used could mean the dead (see Romans 10:7), but here it means the prison of evil spirits (2 Peter 2:4; Rev 9:1-11). The local people are terrified by what has taken place. Their fear does not lead to praise of God (5:26) but to the rejection of Jesus. The loss of the swine impresses them more than the transformation of the man, who, when the people arrive, is sitting at Jesus’ feet in the attitude of a disciple listening to his word. The man wants to follow Jesus, but his vocation is to share what happened to him with his own people.