This story is much beloved by the outright charismatics.
It is presented as a tale of bondage to demonic forces,
which Jesus conquers, commands and expels.
It empowers their magic ministries.
A more realistic view of this tale must see it
as an occasion of conversion of gentiles
to the embryo Christian movement.
In view of the number of pigs involved,
this would seem to be a mass conversion.
Jesus has crossed the lake into foreign, gentile, territory.
The number of demons is obviously important to the story,
as is the loss of the pigs over the cliff into the sea
(the wild sea, representing untamed forces).
Even though only one man is mentioned, he owns many demons,
perhaps these are followers whom he alone can command.
In converting the gang's leader to his cause,
Jesus gains the allegiance of the band.
They reject all their unsavoury past
cast it over the cliff, as it were!
Surely we can see that this is not a literal account.
We need an explanation of the tale which makes sense,
but we no longer understand the coded messages
that the writers embody in their tales.
Perhaps here lies a possible