They Didn’t Want Him to Leave

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Reading:
Judges 4-6; Luke 4:31-44


40 When the sun was setting, everyone brought to Jesus relatives and acquaintances with all kinds of diseases. Placing his hands on each of them, he healed them. 41 Demons also came out of many people. They screamed, “You are God’s Son.” But he spoke harshly to them and wouldn’t allow them to speak because they recognized that he was the Christ. 42 When daybreak arrived, Jesus went to a deserted place. The crowds were looking for him. When they found him, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said to them, “I must preach the good news of God’s kingdom in other cities too, for this is why I was sent.” 44 So he continued preaching in the Judean synagogues. (Luke 4:40-44, Common English Bible).

The blind could see. The deaf could hear. Those who had not had use of their legs could walk. Those with fever, like Peter’s mother-in-law, had their illness leave. And then there is the guy who had an evil spirit living inside him. And then, the spirit was gone.

It may have been early in Jesus’ ministry but things were happening and people were reacting. They kept coming. They kept bringing their friends and family who were sick or had other problems so Jesus might attend to them.

If you think about it, for any of us, under similar circumstances, it would be pretty overwhelming. Jesus came into this ministry from the little town of Nazareth. He probably spent just about his entire day, working alone, in the carpenter’s shop. He was working the family business to keep his mother and family afloat until the time came for one of his brothers to step into the shop and take over.

When the day finally came, Jesus left Nazareth and started his three-year ministry. He was baptized by John the Baptist. He spent 40 days in the desert being tempted by the devil. Though Luke doesn’t say how at least not to this point, Jesus has already gotten to know Simon Peter at least a bit because he goes to the home of Simon’s mother-in-law and heals her of a fever. All of that has happened in a period probably not longer than about three months. Talk about a whirlwind.

But, as quickly as these things may have happened, news of what Jesus was able to do spread even faster. People were coming to find him and when they did, he was almost swallowed by the crowd. For a man who had lived his life in small-town Israel, it may have felt stifling, even overwhelming. Jesus did not seem to have a time or a place to even pray.

So, he seems to escape to a private, secluded place. It was a quiet place. It was a secluded place. It was a place where he could pray. It was a place where he could think. It was a place where he could leave the crowds behind. That is, until…

That is until the crowds found him and the rat-race (he probably wouldn’t have called it that), started over again. Luke tells us the crowds didn’t want Jesus to leave. Jesus’ reply? “I must preach the good news of God’s kingdom in other cities too, for this is why I was sent.”

And then he moved on, preaching in the Judean synagogues as he went.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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