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by Ron Bartanen

    “Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them: for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again” (Luke 8:37).

    Jesus Christ will not impose Himself upon anyone. He won’t stay where he’s unwanted.  The Gadarenes were so upset with Jesus when He cast a legion of demons from a man and sent them into nearby hogs. To them, the hogs were of more value than the man, so they “besought him to depart from them.”  In our world today there is an increasing animosity towards Jesus as He seemingly intrudes into men’s comfort-zones.  Even the mention of His name in prayer is not considered appropriate in schools, the military, etc.  His word is considered out-of-date and irrelevant. 

    What about you? Would you be among those to send Him away? Or would you welcome Him into your life?                


Ron Bartanen is a retired Church of Christ Minister living in Milton, FL


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