This is what Jesus does to the towns and regions.
Luke 8: 34-39 “When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 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. The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “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.”
- He has an impact on the economy.
That day the entire pig industry collapsed as every pig drowned in the lake. Those who are more interested in the fate of the pigs than the freedom of the man will not understand the Sovereignty of God when life is not perfect for them. That Jesus purposely brings down an economy is hard to accept, especially if you are affected by it. What other destruction is Jesus going to bring for the sake of one man?
- He disturbs the people to the core.
Never think that all your town needs is a healing or a deliverance for whole-scale revival. The result was that they preferred keeping the demons than have Jesus stay.
- He gives them what they ask for.
Jesus will not stay where He is not wanted. He leaves. Can you imagine a different scenario? Can you imagine if they begged Jesus to stay? Who else would have been set free? There is a price to pay for a move of God and there seems to be a lot of churches in my nation not wanting to pay that price. They would prefer not to have a move of God and keep the violent demoniacs than have change.
- He leaves them an evangelist.
Jesus so loved the people of the Gerasenes that he wouldn’t take the man with him as a disciple. He left him as an evangelist. “Go home. Let people see the changed man and tell them who did this to you.” That message is still as important today as then. The power of testimony can change and win hearts for the Kingdom
Thank God for Jesus!