Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So Jesus got into the boat and left.
Jesus and His disciples sail to the region of the Gerasenes. Jesus is met by a man possessed by a legion of demons who lived amongst the tombs.
As Jesus ministered to this man, the demons begged Him not to be sent into the Abyss. Instead, at their request, He sends them to a nearby herd of pigs.
People come to see what has happened and are amazed to see the man clothed and in his right mind. But they are filled with fear and ask Jesus to leave them. The healed man, though, asks to come with Jesus. But Jesus tells him to stay and tell people about what God has done for him.
Imagine a man so tormented buy many demons that nobody knows what to do with him. Jesus comes and heals him, at the cost of the lives of a herd of pigs.
Instead of rejoicing over a man set free from years of torment, the local people were afraid of the power of Jesus.
To the Jewish person, the loss of a herd of pigs would seem inconsequential. But these were Gentiles, and it was their living that was threatened.
Perhaps the local towns people were themselves demonised, and this was the cause of their fear. in any case, they rejected Jesus. They actually asked him to leave.
When people are confronted with a choice between an immoral lifestyle and salvation, many will choose to continue their lifestyle. This is why the church is hated in so many places.
The healed man remained, and his testimony must have changed some hearts. Perhaps their fear was overcome by love.
Lord help me to always put you front and centre in my life priorities. May I never be afraid to follow you. Amen.