Matthew 8:28-34 – “When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way. 29 And they cried out, saying, ” What business do we have with each other, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” 30 Now there was a herd of many swine feeding at a distance from them. 31 The demons began to entreat Him, saying, “If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.” 32 And He said to them, “Go!” And they came out and went into the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the waters. 33 The herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs. 34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they implored Him to leave their region.” NASU
Last time we began to examine this event and saw that the entire city had come out to meet Jesus and see the supernatural occurrence. I’m quite sure they were apprehensive and probably fearful as well as curious.
WHEN THEY SAW JESUS, THEY REALIZED THAT HE WAS DIFFERENT.
The presence of Jesus always brought light into the darkness and caused men to realize their sinfulness. His Holiness made them uncomfortable and it still does. I have no doubt that they conjured an image of Him in their minds as they came to the scene, but He was not what they expected. Their curiosity morphed into fear, trepidation, and the conviction they were feeling made them incredibly uncomfortable.
Remember what the soldiers said to the rulers who had sent them to arrest Jesus. They came back in John 7:46 and said, “…never man spake like this man…” We have never heard anything like what He is saying, and we recognize a power in His words and an authority we have never witnessed before. I have little doubt they came expecting to see something spectacular and watch the show. They were not expecting the moral and spiritual demands that His presence brought into their midst. The holiness of Jesus touched them and when God comes into the presence of sin, sin is made incredibly uncomfortable.
I suggest that it is impossible to come into the presence of Jesus and go away the same as you came. You may not accept Him, but you are impacted eternally. His presence brings the holiness of God into whatever situation He enters. Jesus’ presence made them uncomfortable and they reacted as carnal sinful man often does in the presence of God.
THEY ASKED HIM TO LEAVE.
Their actions suggested that they preferred hogs to liberty. They did not give Him the opportunity to teach them the truths of God and bring to them the Light of God’s Love, their fear and focus on the material drove them to reject Jesus. They were uncomfortable in His presence and His presence represented a loss of economic gain, so they asked Him to leave.
Jesus brought disorder to their order. He brought the abnormal to their normal. If He remained in their midst there would be some changes required and they did not want to leave their comfort zones and their way of life. His presence brought conviction to their hearts. Conviction will either break us and bring us to Jesus or prompt us to build a wall, a barrier and reject Him. He had come to bring Liberty to this people and they missed the opportunity of a lifetime! They turned Him away.
I suggest that they are not very different from people today. Jesus has come time and again to people only to have them refuse to open the door. He stands at the door and knocks today as He did then. How often do people do what these people did and ask Him to “leave their coasts or region.” They were like the person that told me, “Preacher I cannot accept Jesus because if I do I will have to stop doing what I like to do.” What he meant was, “I enjoy sin and don’t want to stop.” The Bible tells us that sin is pleasurable (Hebrews 11:26).
Jesus has come to us today the only question is “What Will We Do With Him?” He has come to Save, Heal, Deliver, and bring us God’s Abundant Life. He has come to provide whatever we need. Opportunity is knocking at our door today. The only question is “What Will We Do With Jesus?” My prayer is that each of us will say, “Enter Lord Jesus. I receive You and want to Live in Your Presence.”
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!