Return Home and Tell – Luke 8

            What is your first response when something really good happens to you? If someone else is responsible for it, hopefully your first response is gratitude. But a normal response is to tell someone, everyone about this amazing thing, this experience.

            Jesus and His disciples sailed across the Sea of Galilee to the region of the Gerasenes. Upon landing Jesus was confronted by a man possessed by a demon. “What do You want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg of You, don’t torture me!” (vs 28) Jesus asked the demon its name. “My name is Legion, for we are many.” (Mark 5:9) The demon begged Jesus not to send them into the abyss, but instead into a herd of pigs nearby. He gave them permission and the entire herd of pigs rushed down the hillside and into the sea and drowned.

            This man had been tormented, oppressed, unable to control his own actions, unable to be with people, with those he loved. Now he was free! He was free from the legion of demons that had controlled him, forcing him to  live in tombs, unclothed, away from all human interaction. Occasionally someone had tried to control him, chaining or tying him, but the demon had broken the chains and sent him to places to be alone. But Jesus had now freed him.

            When those who tended the pigs ran into town to repost what had happened, everyone ran to see. What did they find? The man was clothed, in his right mind and sitting at Jesus’ feet. The town’s people were terrified and asked Jesus to leave. But the man begged to go with Him. Jesus instead sent him home, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” (vs 39)

            Jesus wants us to do the same. In Matthew 28:19, He says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations. And in Acts 1:8, “You will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” So, go tell everyone what God has done for you, but start at home with those you know and love.

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