“The demons kept begging Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit.” (Luke 8:31 NLT)
So there is something so terrible even the demons are scared of!
I wonder where/what this bottomless pit is? What is so awful about it?
If we think of it as literal, then the pit is not only a deep well, but bottomless. There’s no water in it. Nothing. Does it go all the way down to the centre of the earth? Does it go all the way through?!
There was such a pit in the Torchwood TV series. It was indeed a bottomless pit. Literally! But in real life, such things cannot exist.
So it must be a Metaphorical bottomless pit then. A metaphor for somewhere so horrible even demons don’t want to go there. They would rather die first. Which is what Jesus arranges in this chapter. He sends them into a herd of pigs, who then throw themselves into the lake and drown.
What is this place? I hope and pray that no one ever goes there. It is a dark place. Full of fear and hate. And a place from which there is no escape.
But there was a way to avoid it for the demons. Jesus gave them a way out.