If Jesus Came to Your Town

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And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs (Luke 8:26, 27).
And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee (Matthew 21:10,11).
In these two accounts, Jesus appears suddenly to these towns of people. What if Jesus suddenly appeared in your home county or town for the weekend?
What would you do? I suppose you would do just as the people in Bible times; you would try to get as close as possible so you could see Him better and to be able to hear what He was saying. I am sure that some of us would instantly gather the terminally ill and mentally ill for Jesus to heal. Likely we would end up with the same problem as they did—how to get around the crowd?
In the story of the Gadarenes, let’s take a look again at the man that Jesus healed. He had devils dwelling in him, wore no clothes, dwelt among the tombs, and night and day he was always crying and cutting himself with stones. Friends had tried to help him by binding him with chains, and he broke the chains. They tried to tame him, but they could not. Eventually, they gave up. How terribly hopeless! Then Jesus comes, and one of the first men he meets is this wild man.
Immediately Jesus casts the devils out of this poor man. We instantly get a new picture of this man: he is sitting, clothed, and in his right mind at the feet of Jesus. But we are also shown another scene.
A herd of two thousand pigs ran violently down a steep place into the lake and drowned! It is clear that Jesus allowed the devils to go from the man into the swine. Why did Jesus do this? When the men of this city saw these things and were told the story, they were filled with great fear, and begged Jesus to leave them!
Are you still ready for Jesus to come to your town? What if it costs me my livelihood? These men wished Jesus had not come!
You know the story of Jesus observing the rich men casting in from their abundance and the widow casting in all her living (two mites). Are you ready for Jesus to sit beside you on your bench and observe what you put in the weekly offering and have Him know your weekly income?
You know the many times that the Bible tells us that Jesus could see into men’s hearts and that He knew what they thought even if they did not speak. Are you ready to meet a man Who can read your mind?
One significant difference between Jesus coming to your town in AD 30 versus AD 2020 is that you have the New Testament in your hands. Surely if Jesus came to our town this weekend and was asked to preach in the pulpit of our church, He would challenge us on our obedience to His written Word that was unavailable in Bible times.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world (1Jn 2:15a).
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations… (Matt 28:19).
I beseech you therefore, brethren… that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice… (Rom 12:1-2).
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing… (2Co 6:17-18).
We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren (1Jn 3:14a).
That women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety… (1Ti 2:9-10).
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God (1Co 6:9-10).
Because you have the entire New Testament in your hands, you already know what Jesus wants you to do. The people by the seaside did not have this knowledge. We are therefore held more responsible than they were.
If Jesus really was coming this weekend, if He was to observe your personal and public life, if He was to see the clothing you wear, hear the music you listen to, watch the video clip that entertains you, observe you teaching and training your children. If He could observe you in your most frustrated moment and how you deal with it. Suppose He would see the state of your financial affairs and the amount of your weekly offering. If He would hear your comments about your church leaders, and your brothers and sisters in Christ, and your neighbor that lives down the street. If He could go along on your camping trip and be in on all the conversations and activities with your most confidential friends. Suppose He was given access to the history on your phone and computer. If He could see firsthand the amount of food you eat and the amount you send to the hungry. Suppose He could see how much wasted time you charged your employer or how you ran your business.
He does see, He does hear, and He is always present! The King of Kings is omnipresent. Are you prepared for a visit from Him?