Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 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 8:36-37)
Now that we’re in Covid-19 quarantine, people not at risk of becoming critically ill don’t want their lives disrupted for those at risk. It’s understandable because people are afraid of becoming homeless after losing their jobs. Many are protesting and not listening to the recommendations of health officials.
In the same way, it’s understandable the Gerasenes, who lost their jobs as pork exporters, were upset and didn’t want to listen to Jesus. They felt they could handle life on their own and weren’t ready for Jesus to intervene. If Jesus had stayed and shown them His love, they wouldn’t have felt it because they were afraid and angry. So, He got into the boat and left.
That didn’t mean Jesus abandoned them. God never abandons us. As we’ll see tomorrow it was Jesus’ plan to show the Gerasenes His love through the ex-demoniac.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for taking fear and anger from my life. Please take my burdens too, so I can feel Your love and peace. I thank you also for having a plan to show me Your love. Please let my heart be repentant and non-judgmental, so You can love me directly. I pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.