The people of the nearby town who are told of this miracle have two ways to respond:
First, in awe of Jesus’ power and authority, they could turn to him and follow him.
Second, out of fear of the unknown and the uncomfortable, they could reject Jesus and push him away.
They choose the later, insisting that Jesus leave them alone and not bother them any more. How sad.
I wonder, how often are we confronted with the work of God, but fearing the unknown or the uncomfortable, end up pushing him away?
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.