Luke tells us of a man who had many demons in him–not like alcoholism or anything like that, real live demons. These demons, we see in Luke 8 were terrified of Jesus, and Jesus commanded them to leave the man. The people of the city were terrified by God’s power, and so they asked Him to leave.
Before He left, we read in Luke 8:38-39, “The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with Him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.“
Sheep, we understand this tension, don’t we? We have been saved by Jesus and we now love Him supremely above all things. And we long to be with Him in heaven. Yet, right now, we are here. And we are commanded to remain in this temporary home and declare how much God has done for us. May we be like this man, who “went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.“
Surely, what Jesus did for this man was great. He rid him of Legion, the many demons that had possessed him. But what Jesus would later do for all of His people was even greater. He would take on their sins on the cross and receive the punishment that they deserved. He took on God’s wrath, so that whoever believes in Him would have God’s favor. If you are a believer in Jesus today, this reality is true for you now and will be forever. Will you go away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus has done for you? Lord, give us the courage and the passion to do so.
- Psalm 13
- Genesis 14
- 1 Chronicles 14
- Luke 8:22-56