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.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
When Jesus comes to town, He certainly leaves an impact. In a story found in Luke 8:26-39, it is no different. Immediately upon arrival in the region of the Gerasenes, Jesus is approached by a demon-possessed man who did a lot of crazy things that disturbed the nearby town. He had a serious problem to which Jesus had the only solution, resulting in the town’s food source running into the sea (swine were unclean animals according to Leviticus). Can you imagine the crazy scene? But, the really crazy thing is—the man was completely healed, but the townspeople didn’t know what to do about Jesus. They were seized with fear due to His unprecedented power, so they asked Him to leave Imagine that!
This is an amazing story. But when we consider the town’s response to the man’s healing, it reveals to us that some people aren’t ready to meet Jesus in such a face-to-face way. He actually scares them. They were afraid of what interacting with Him might do to their lives. But Jesus commanded the healed man to remain in his hometown so people could continue to marvel at the change in his life.
Your past, like the man in today’s story, and God’s interaction have created an amazing opportunity to share Jesus with others who may be afraid or skeptical. You can offer the proof of God’s goodness in a real-life situation. Yours may be the story that helps them be ready to meet Jesus for themselves.
Did someone introduce you to Jesus through their story? How did it help you want to meet Jesus?