“And the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away and leave them alone.”
This has to be one of the saddest verses in the whole of scripture. Yet, it is so true today. People refuse the only presence of him who can save and deliver. The very idea of the powerful Jesus creates too many waves, and the implications go beyond what can be envisioned. It is so much turmoil, and so much has to be dealt with.
Quite frankly, ‘it is better if he would leave us alone.’ These people have no issues regarding what Jesus can do. They have seen it with their own eyes. They understand more than I. Yet they choose to have Jesus leave, and not come back. He creates far too many problems, and they don’t want their lives disrupted. “I beg you sir, please leave us alone.”
This is very often the issue in our world today. Communities try to make “a no-Jesus zones” such as taverns, and casinos, media, ‘porn parlors.’ They find themselves in conflict with Jesus. There is a suppression of goodness in a society, and the truth becomes slandered and mocked. But the core issue is often the deliberate blindness of those who, by their rejection, claim their allegiance to the dark.
To ask Jesus to leave, is to invite darkness to follow. There can be no vacuum. If he is not present and active, darkness is sure to pour in. There is so much at stake here. It essentially boils down into a quasi-apocalyptic issues. Evil begins to triumph, and darkness tries to pour into the throne room.
But asking Jesus to leave us alone creates a brand new set of problems. All too often (way too often) we stumble with what we think is quite important. We exalt the reasoning power of our intellect. We feel that we should not be manipulated or controlled. We bar the Holy Spirit‘s activity. We don’t want to see or hear of it. We create a dark immunity that hides us from reality.
The heart of Jesus looks for us—- you and me. He very much wants to reside with us, and teach us out of this wicked trap. His love is quite real, and it is an intense power that enters into our weakness without judgement or condemnation. We must invite him to come. We need to become hospitable and welcoming to the Lord. We need Jesus.
- What’s Left, If We Don’t Have Jesus? (smoodock45.wordpress.com)
- Was Jesus Incapable of Healing Because of Lack of Faith? (askthepastors.wordpress.com)
- You Are Meant For Greater Things Than This (pastorpaulvbsblog.blogspot.com)