All the people in the region of Gerasenes begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone, for a great wave of fear swept over them. (Luke 8:37)

Thought:

Not everyone who witnessed first hand, the miraculous power of Jesus, were impressed and inspired. In fact even the disciples themselves were sometimes frightened by what they witnessed. For example, when Jesus had calmed the storm they had sailed through on the way to Gerasenes, he asked the disciples… “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!” (Luke 8:25). The difference is that the disciples, though sometimes afraid of him, followed Jesus anyway. It is understandable that having just lost a whole herd of pigs, drowned in the sea, the people of Gerasenes were not keen to lose anymore livestock. So this passage illustrates that if people who were actually there with Jesus could find good reason to want nothing to do with him, it is not surprising that folk today might not be impressed or inspired by tall tales of a marvellous miracle man from who lived two thousand years ago.

Word:

Luke 8:30-37 NLT

Jesus demanded, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, for he was filled with many demons. The demons kept begging Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit. There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside nearby, and the demons begged him to let them enter into the pigs. So Jesus gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned. When the herdsmen saw it, they fled to the nearby town and the surrounding countryside, spreading the news as they ran. People rushed out to see what had happened. A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been freed from the demons. He was sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid. Then those who had seen what happened told the others how the demon-possessed man had been healed. And all the people in the region of the Gerasenes begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone, for a great wave of fear swept over them. So Jesus returned to the boat and left, crossing back to the other side of the lake.

Goal:

I can’t speak for any one else, but I must say that having read and thought about the scriptures, I find I can’t deny the truth I have found. My goal is to encourage others to seek out the truth for themselves.

Today’s readings:

Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32, Luke 8:22-39, Psalms 70:1-5, Proverbs 12:4

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