He Wasn’t Desperate
Luke 8:37 “Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned.”
After Jesus calmed the storm in the sea of Galilee, He sailed with His disciples to the land of Gerasenes. On arrival at the shores, they were welcomed by a demon possessed man who couldn’t be contained. Jesus drove out the demons from the man and ordered those demons into a flock of pigs. The now demon possessed pigs plunged into the sea and drowned. The herders who saw all these ran back and reported everything to the people of Gerasenes.
The people of Gerasenes came to Jesus in fear. In fear of further losses for their pigs probably. In fear of a man who had power over demons which probably they worked with. In fear of losing followers to Jesus. In fear that Jesus would establish a new order and way of life. In fear of losing whatever else they feared to lose because of Jesus. As a result, they asked Jesus the Saviour to depart from their land. Because of fear, they asked Jesus the healer to leave them with their demons. As a result of their fear they asked Jesus to leave them with their sickness and other problems. They asked Jesus to leave them alone! Thy didn’t want Jesus or any of His solutions. They asked Jesus to leave!
When they asked Jesus to leave, He left! He didn’t plead to stay. He didn’t ask for one more day. He didn’t try to explain that His intentions were good. He didn’t apologise or clarify issues they could have misunderstood. He didn’t explain that healing a man was far better than wealth of pigs. He didn’t seek support of the family of the healed man. They asked Him to leave, He left! He wasn’t desperate.
In times of crisis, which are common, we gain respect and value by avoiding desperation. Desperation exposes our weakness and embarrasses us. Desperation makes us act irrationally. Desperation makes us promise what we cant deliver. Desperation blinds our eyes to the selfishness and tyranny of those who have caused the crisis. Desperation destroys self-esteem in a manner that may never be recovered. Desperation affects how others perceive us and our ratings drop significantly and we rarely recover from the perception.
People remain enslaved and in abusive relationships because they act desperate. Desperation is the reason why some people die due to repeated domestic violence that everyone had guessed would lead to death. Desperation is why good people end up in relationships with out right fools and dangerous persons. Desperation is why many times people yield to unsafe sex that lead to life threatening infections. Desperation is why some engage in sex before marriage, foolishly believing it will sustain the relationship, it won’t and it never has.
Desperation is the reason why employees remain in cruel working conditions without a word of protest and fully knowing they will retire miserable. Desperation is the reason why some people commit suicide. Desperation is the reason for many ills in our personal lives and society. Desperation has never done anyone any good. Jesus refused flatly and completely to be desperate. They asked Him to leave, He left! He wasn’t desperate.
Luke 13:31-32 “(31) At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him (Jesus), “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” (32) And he (Jesus) said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course.” Jesus refused to be threatened by Herod or lies cooked up by Pharisees. Jesus wasn’t a coward. He told them that in the face of a death threat, i will not run away before completing my task. He told them that regardless of death threats, He will stay for three more days until His work His done. Jesus was not a coward and He wasn’t desperate. Those who are desperate are cowards of the highest order. Jesus wasn’t desperate!
Luke 9:51-56 “(51) When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. (52) And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. (53) But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. (54) And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” (55) But he turned and rebuked them. (56) And they went on to another village.”
The Samaritan village rejected Jesus because from there He was to go to Jerusalem. Samaritans didn’t relate well with anyone who was associated with Jerusalem. They wanted to only listen to Jesus, on condition that Jesus refused to relate with Jerusalem. Jesus was to cancel His Jerusalem trip in order to please the Samaritan village. Jesus wasn’t desperate and He couldn’t change His plans to please Samaritans. Desperate people, change their own lives and live fake lives and live difficult lives in order to please others. Jesus wasn’t desperate and He didn’t change His plans to please Samaritans. Look at how much undesired change has come to your life and mine because of desperation? Jesus wasn’t desperate.
The disciples, particularly James and John reacted violently and desperately to the Samaritan rejection. They asked Jesus to call fire from heaven so that the village can be destroyed and serve as a warning to others. Samaritan rejection made disciples desperate. Desperate people act violently. Desperate people want to force their way. Desperate people are dictators. Desperate people are control freaks. Desperate people would take any unethical short-cut in life to achieve their end. Jesus wasn’t desperate though the rejected mission to the Samaritan village was His. Jesus rebuked and still rebukes His desperate disciples even today.
Jesus wasn’t desperate, He just went on to another village. He didn’t plead with Samaritans, He didn’t cry, or try to justify His ministry. They refused, He left! He accepted their no for a final answer, and He left. He wasn’t desperate!
Luke 8:38-39 “(38) The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, (39) “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.” Jesus asks the man healed from demon possession to go back home, the land of the Gerasenes, and testify what God had done for him. Jesus asked him to go and preach what his countrymen had denied Jesus a chance to preach. Jesus wasn’t desperate because He had many alternatives. When you are not desperate, the options are many. Desperation blinds you from seeing other options.
All disappointments are a blessing in disguise only if you are not desperate. All failures, all heartaches, all losses, all breakups, all pain, come with God given opportunity for something better, but the desperate will never see it. Desperation blinds from opportunity. The desperate lose opportunities while crying over spilt milk. Jesus wasn’t desperate at all!
May God save us from desperation, in Jesus name, Amen!(c)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but do not edit the authorship or content…thank you and be blessed!)