When Jesus drives out demons from men possessed, He seems less to drive them out than walk them out; and only then after asking rather politely. It’s as if the demon-possessed man is not the hardest for Jesus to dispossess of his demon, but the easiest. Which means the hardest men are not the remarkably demon-possessed, but the unremarkably demon-possessed; not the obviously infected man, but the silent, cancer-stricken man; not the outwardly demonic son, but the inwardly sanctimonious and wicked generation that conceived him. A generation living in a kingdom of darkness where demons are allowed to roam freely, infecting the weak. A wicked generation where a demon-possessed man is left to lie in his sickness—not because his generation won’t do anything about it, but because they can’t. They can’t because they are possessed themselves. They won’t because he is their brother. That frighteningly weak brother of the generation which has grown too strong to care.
The man possessed by demons others can see but he cannot is not wicked, he is weak. Rather, it is the man who guards his hidden possessions most strongly that is most strongly possessed by them and must be bound up by the great thief—Christ. That man protects his emptiness with brush and broom. He controls what he thinks he possesses.