Do You Want to See Jesus?

I was reading the story in the gospel accounts recently about the Gerasene demoniac that Jesus healed.

Here’s this man who has been in physical and spiritual bondage for quite some time.

  • He is hurting.
  • He is violent.
  • He lives in the graveyard.
  • He spends his days and nights acting insane.

“Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones.” Mark 5:5 (NASB)

No one can subdue him.

They have tried.

They have used shackles and chains, but he is so strong that he breaks them every time, and the demons drive him into the desert.

The people in the surrounding countryside can’t even pass that way for fear of his violent outbursts.

He is so possessed with the demons that when he sees Jesus, he does not come begging for help or for mercy. Rather, the demons recognize Jesus from a distance, and cause the man to run up and bow down before Him, as the demons shout, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?”

But Jesus has compassion on the man and casts out the demons.

They beg Him to allow them to enter a herd of swine, and when He gives His permission, they drive the pigs down a steep hill to their death in the sea.

Enter the people of the region.

I do not understand their reaction.

They see the demoniac sitting there clothed properly (which he was not before), and completely in his right mind.

  • He is no longer insane.
  • No longer tormented.
  • No longer cutting himself with stones.
  • No longer in bondage.

There is no mention of even one of them showing a smidgen of compassion or acting glad to see that he is healed.

No one seems to make the connection that if Jesus could heal this man, surely He could heal their loved ones as well.  (Up to this point, multitudes have made this connection and followed Him for healing.  But not this group.)

Instead they beg Jesus to leave.

I know I’ve heard some explain that since the pigs were their livelihood their motivation was material.

But Luke says they were gripped with fear.

It doesn’t say they are angry about the pigs.

They definitely made the connection that Jesus had a power greater than that of the demons.

So, I wonder:

  • Did they recognize that He must be God, or at least a powerful prophet of God?
  • Were they afraid because they recognized that they were living in rebellion against God, and they had no intention of changing, and therefore they were afraid that Jesus would bring the judgment of God on them?
  • Or were they just fearful of anything or anyone they could not control?

At any rate, even though Jesus had just done something totally amazing, they did not want Him to stay there.

THEY DID NOT WANT TO SEE JESUS!

They did not want His power, nor His mercy, nor His compassion.

Fear blinded them.

Fear kept them from experiencing God’s love and mercy and grace.

But what about us?

Do we want to see Jesus?

  • Do we say we want to see Him, but then we hope He is not looking when we do or say something we shouldn’t?
  • Or does the fear that He hasn’t really forgiven us for something in our past paralyze us so we fail to move forward in a direction that we believe that He has called us to go?
  • Do we try to hide from Him like Adam and Eve did in the garden?
  • Do we subconsciously wish we could control God?

Or do we really want to see Him, which requires:

  • Daily coming clean with Him,
  • repenting,
  • seeking His mercy and compassion,
  • seeking His will in His Word, and then
  • DOING it.

I want to see Jesus, don’t you?

I want daily to receive His mercy and compassion.

I want Him to heal my hurts.

I want Him to set me free from that which tries to bind me including fear which tries to blind me.

What will we need to surrender to Him to clear the way?

Will we give Him permission to set us free?

Linking up with:

Living Free Together

Spiritual Sundays

Grace & Truth,  Faith ‘n Friends

Chasing Community

Thought Provoking Thursday

Heart Encouragement Thursday

Coffee for your Heart, Sitting Among Friends

Tell His Story

Ra Ra Linkup, Unite, Testimony Tuesday

 Moments of Hope, Monday’s Musings

Soul Survival, Glimpses

Advertisements

24 thoughts on “Do You Want to See Jesus?

  1. I find myself responding lots of times in judgment about New Testament reactions to Jesus. But I wonder if I would have been afraid, too of such a demonstration of power. So thankful that today we have the record of Jesus’ life and actions — definitely an advantage his contemporaries did not have!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes, Michele, were it not for the grace of God we might, even today, even with the record of the New Testament, be afraid and not desirous of seeing Jesus. Without His grace, we might also be blinded by fear and not realize what great things He wants to do for us.

      Like

  2. I love your reflections on this story. It is sad to see people’s reactions to Jesus sometimes (both in the Bible and today) and how fear prevents them from coming to him and receiving all he offers. Your questions are thought-provoking because I think we can all have those tendencies at times.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Hi, Lesley!
    Thank you for your encouraging and insightful comment!
    You are so right about that.
    I’m so glad that God, in His grace, reached down and saved me in spite of my sinful nature. He is merciful and gracious. Jesus paid the price for my sin so that I could be cleansed. I praise Him for that wonderful gift!

    Like

  4. Thank you for your words today. I have let fear consume me one too many times and then I can’t see the truth that is right in front of me. Your words encourage me to remember that I want my focus to be on Jesus. Blessings!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Oh, to see Jesus! I want Him fully in my life flowing through me.

    Self still prevails way too often. But amazing grace!!!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and words!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Preach, Ruth! 🙂 Great observations. Fear can sure blind us, can’t it? I want to see Jesus, and I – want to want to – see Jesus. It’s a daily choice to see beyond the immediate, isn’t it? So we can see the truth of what He so graciously offers. 🙂 — Thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity, Ruth. Always enjoy your perspective. ((hug))

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for reading and for your comment, Brenda!
      That phrase “want to want to” reminds me of something Adrien Rogers said, that we need to “get our wanter fixed”! 🙂
      Amen to what you said!
      And thanks again for the linkup!
      Hugs to you, as well.

      Like

    1. It gives me great joy, Lori, to know that God used this to speak to you! Praise Jesus! 🙂
      We all struggle; we’re human and in a world system that tries to drag us down. So, struggling can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on who we are struggling with. May the Lord give us both success in surrendering to Him and not to that which tries to pull us away from Him.
      Keep up the good work!
      Blessings and smiles to you, as well! 🙂 🙂

      Like

  7. Ruth, it’s interesting to speculate about why people responded to Jesus the way they did, isn’t it? I like to think I would have reacted differently (if they weren’t very welcoming or accepting), but then, I see how I react to things now and I’m not so sure! I do want to see Jesus for who He really is, though, and your words here provide good encouragement to that end. Blessings, friend!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’d like to think so, also, Lois. I’m so thankful for God’s grace. Jesus didn’t force Himself on them, but He did leave a witness there to tell them what great things God had done for him, so they had more chances to believe and come to Christ.
      Have a great weekend! 🙂

      Like

    1. Thank you, Karen, for your visit and encouraging comment! I think sometimes we allow ourselves to slip into some version of this, as well, not experiencing all that God has for us because we allow fear to hold us back from advancing in all He has called us to. May He set us free from all our fears.

      Like

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s