Chapter 8 (Part II)
Chapter 8 is a short chapter, but this Chapter did gave me two important messages, the first one was about Faith (Where is your faith? Chapter 8 Part I) and this one is about attitude towards Jesus.
I honestly laugh while reading this verses especially when I fully comprehend the message in it. There was no joke in it, but this is reality.
The First Scenario: 26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore,he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.
28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!”
That’s how the devil-possessed man welcomed Jesus.
38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.”
A man who was left with a legion of demon begged Jesus to be with Him.
The Second Scenario: 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.
37 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.
That’s how the witnesses begged Jesus to leave.
This is what makes me laugh, I just can’t imagine a people who witnessed a healing, a miracle, and power in Jesus feared Him more than the man who was possessed with a demon that they have asked Jesus to leave them.
There was no banner that welcomes Jesus wherever He goes, but on this certain place, a demon welcomed Him and bowed down to Him yet the people in that place asked Jesus to leave instead of welcoming Him.
Many times, Jesus wants to see us, talk to us, and be with us, but how do we respond? Do we welcome Him with open arms or we begged Him to leave us. Jesus said, “Knock and it will be open”, yet many times, even if we do not call, He calls us, but how do we answer, do we pick up His call or hung up?
How do we welcome Jesus? Like the devil-possessed man or the rest of the people in the town?