“When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ. At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.”
Chapter 1: Sunset
It feels like the day is nearly over and you are just the same, sick or plagued with the darkness of your soul. The sun is setting and hope is fading for another day. Tomorrow you will try and survive again. You will beg for money to receive medical treatment. You will try and keep yourself dignified before the enemies of that peace shout from within.
But tomorrow will be the same as today as it has been for a long time now.
The sun is setting and here is another Messiah, another miracle worker, there have been many over the years claiming, naming, disappointing. But you have remained the same.
“This time is different”, so they said as your friends carried you to this new Messiah.
He laid his hands on you and looked into your eyes.
His touch changed everything. His look shone glorious light into the darkness of your soul. You knew you would never be the same again.
Chapter 2: Daybreak
You ran back. You had to find him again. Jesus. Where was he? Others had the same idea. When a man changes your life like this then there are conversations to be had. You have friends, there are other things that you need fixing but first you really need to thank Him. You almost feel like worshipping Him. You follow the crowd there seems to be a noise, a cheering, they have found him, in the back and beyond of nowhere. Why is he out here on his own? Last night he was the centre of the crowds and he was working hard but here now, on his own, withdrawing, is this where he recharges himself? Who else was there in the solitary place?
Chapter 3: He’s gone.
You joined in the pleas for him to stay. Having Jesus in town would be the right thing. He already has a following. He could start a movement quite easily. He could change the landscape of everyone’s life. If only He would stay.
He is a movement. I get it. He has to keep on. He said He must go. When He said ‘must’ it was more than a decision. It was obedience. Like if He didn’t go to other towns and villages like ours the it would be disobedience.
He was sent. Who sent Him? Some are saying Jehovah.
If so then I have to follow Him. I need to make my life count now. This man changed my life so I need to be as near Him as possible. He’s off. He’s not waiting. He has to keep on. I’m right behind you Jesus. Let’s go.
It’s never THE END with Jesus