Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Luke 8 - Fear

Jesus casts a Legion of demons out of a man and into a herd of pigs. What is the response to such an act? Were people overcome with amazement? Did they leave everything to follow Jesus and hear every one of his words? Did their lives change?

Nope. They were "overcome with fear" and they chased Jesus out of town. Jesus had upset the status quo and people couldn't handle it. That Demon Guy was supposed to stay the Demon Guy. Sure he was weird and scary and hard to talk to, but he was the Demon Guy and a part of regular life and the people had grown accustomed to it. Now Jesus messed all that up. Suddenly their reality was turned upside down and they had to reconsider things.

What were the people afraid of, Jesus and his power or the idea that if he stayed around things would continue to change? Were they afraid of Jesus or of the impact that he had?

What are we afraid of? Are we afraid of committing are lives fully to Jesus because we are afraid of Him or because we are afraid of the changes that will come with Him?

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