Send Him Away

When Jesus came with the disciples to a place called Gadara, He commanded demon spirits to come out of a man and sent them into a herd of pigs nearby. The men of the city came out to see what had happened and the told Jesus to leave. They didn’t want Jesus around at all.

Luke 8:35-37 (NKJV) Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. 36 They also who had seen [it] told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. 37 Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned.

There are those like the men of Gadara still around today. Instead of wanting Jesus Christ to come, they want to send Him away. What’s up with that? Think about it, someone gives their life to Jesus, but doesn’t want Him to come. Those who have this attitude of rejection would never come right out and say it, and they do want Jesus to come again, they just don’t want Him to come in their life time. Why would any born -again child of God not want Jesus to come in their lifetime? We don’t have to guess at this, we can just go to the word.

I have to ask myself, do I love this world more than I love the One who died on the cross for my sins and gave me eternal life? If I don’t want Jesus to come right now then something has happened to my love for God. It’s possible for anyone of us to love this life and the things of this world more than Christ. And if that’s you, confess it and then ask God to help you redirect your love and affection back to Him. When Jesus does come and He is coming, be the one who is eager and excited to see Him and don’t be like the men of Gadara who want to send Him away. Who do you love the most, Jesus Christ or the world that is passing away?

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