Daily D – Luke 8:37-39
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. The man who had been freed from the demons begged to go with him. But Jesus sent him home, saying, “No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him. (NLT)
Later, a great many people from the Gerasene countryside got together and asked Jesus to leave—too much change, too fast, and they were scared. So Jesus got back in the boat and set off. The man whom he had delivered from the demons asked to go with him, but he sent him back, saying, “Go home and tell everything God did in you.” So he went back and preached all over town everything Jesus had done in him. (MSG)
There’s a whole lotta going going on in this story (verses 26-39). There’s a whole lotta going on in this chapter.
Some people tell Jesus to go away. He is too different. It’s a good difference, but he’s just too different. He makes it too hard to get what you want the way you want to get it. He does everything the right way. It’s best if he keeps his distance.
Rewind to verse 1 in this chapter and peruse the goings on.
1. Jesus began a tour of the towns and villages preaching the Good News about the Kingdom of God. His disciples and some women who supported him from their resources joined him (verses 1-3).
2. Jesus told a familiar parable about soils and seeds to a large crowd (verses 4-8).
3. Jesus explained the parable to his disciples (verses 9-15).
4. Jesus added another parable about lost light, listening and understanding, hearing and obeying (verses 16-18).
5. Jesus elevated all his followers to his Friends and Family Plan (verses 19-21).
6. Jesus calmed a storm, and his disciples, after they woke him from a nap (verses 22-25).
* Jesus carries the best news possible everywhere he goes and offers it to everyone he encounters.
* Jesus tells stories people hear with delight and remember forever because of how they enlarge their understanding and empower their application of God’s truth.
* Jesus takes time to explain what confuses even those who should understand most clearly.
* Jesus continues expanding the horizons of his followers.
* Jesus repeatedly demonstrates how he is in charge of all things at all times, including the weather and the demonized.
Even with all of this, some people want him to go away. He is too much. He is too good to be true. He disrupts everything.
I have a simple, urgent request: Please, whatever you do, do not send Jesus away. He is everything you could want and more than you can imagine. If he seems a little much for you, get good at adapting to his overflowing, enveloping, unending love, purpose, and provision.
I will receive all of Jesus I can get.
Our Father, you are welcome to do anything you want in my life. Your every intention is better than good. Your every purpose is better than the best. Your every provision is more than I deserve or could desire. Why would I look in any other direction for anything? Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.