“Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.” Luke 8:37.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ezra 2-3, and Luke 8.
What scary thing had Jesus done that caused them to be fearful? According to Luke eight, Jesus had turned a dangerous madman into a regular person.
How could that be fear worthy? Some would say that it was because Jesus had sent the demons that possessed the man into swine which led to their destruction. Lost income made them afraid.
I think that there is more to the fear expressed. These folks had a problem (demon-possessed man) but it was under control. Granted, the problem hadn’t ended but it wasn’t directly impacting them because he was in a remote place. Now things were different and the reasons for wanting him away from them when he was bad were the same as wanting him away from them when he was good. They would have to make changes.
I suspect that when they told Jesus to go away they probably wished that the transformed man would go with them. And that was what he wanted to do. He knew how hard it would be for him to stay where he was from. Ever try witnessing to a relative??
But Jesus wanted him to stay home and he did.
I can imagine how uncomfortable it must have been in that village with the transformed man there. He would be a large monument to what Jesus could do but at the same time a reminder that they had sent Jesus away. Think of the between-the-lines things of the Bible that we don’t know. Wouldn’t you wonder how things went in that village as the transformed man lived out his life? You certainly couldn’t avoid him and I dare say he was loud and clear about Who was responsible for his transformation.
“Lord, You are my great God. Your power is unlimited. You are in my midst and I thank You for that. Prick my conscience when I am loose from You so that I will function as You want me to. Enable me to be Your Light in my midst. I have so much to be thankful for. Hallelujah!”
Our fears reveal that what we trust, other than God, is not as trustworthy as He is.