What Jesus Did! 'He Will Go Away and Leave You Alone' — Luke 8:34-37

Friday, May 22, 2015

The men told the story in the fields and in the town. People went out to see what happened. The people came to Jesus and found the man sitting there at the feet of Jesus. The man had clothes on and was in his right mind again; the demons were gone. The people became afraid. The men that saw these things happen told the other people all about how Jesus made the man well. All the people asked Jesus to go away. They were afraid. So Jesus got into the boat to go back to Galilee.
— Luke 8:34-37 NLT
Illustration of Luke 8:34-37 NLT —  All the people asked Jesus to go away.

Key Thought

Jesus' power can be quite threatening to those who do not know him and are not looking for God's work in their lives. While what Jesus did to liberate this man is amazing, it is also threatening. Someone who can command thousands of demons and they obey certainly will have some clean up work to do in other lives, even mine. So let's be very honest with ourselves today. Do we want Jesus to be in control, or do we want to play the religious game? Jesus will leave us alone to fend for ourselves against the forces of evil if we choose to ignore, dismiss, or reject him. While he longs to save, he will not force himself on us. True deliverance comes to only those who are willing to fully and wholeheartedly surrender to his grace and find their freedom and peace in him.

Today's Prayer

Father, my prayer is that the commitment reflected by the words of the old hymn is truly reflected in my life; "All to Jesus, I surrender; all to him I freely give." Please help me as I surrender my will to your Son. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Revelation 3:20-22
  • Romans 1:1-5; 14:9
  • Philippians 2:5-11


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.