GO BACK TO YOUR PLACE Andy Hollifield 2-8-18
Luke 5:18-20, 24 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. (19) And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. (20) And when he saw their faith, he sayeth unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. (24) But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon the earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.
Luke 7:22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
Luke 8:39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
Luke 17:17-19 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? (18) There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. (19) And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
John 4:28-29 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, (29) Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
Have you ever thought about what happened to all the people who Jesus healed? I got to thinking about that and there are several places in the New Testament where he sends them home. The man with the palsy borne of four, the men John sent to Jesus when he was discouraged, the demonic of the Gadarenes, the one leper that returned out of the ten, and the woman of Samaria just to name a few. As I began to look at these scriptures, I thought what it must have been like when each of these people went back where they were from.
To start with, can you imagine the scene at the palsied man’s house when he comes running through the neighborhood carrying his couch? Talk about witnessing! I bet people who seen him were following him home and begging to know what had happened to him. I don’t know if he had a family or not but if he did, can you imagine his wife and kids seeing him running toward the front door and screaming with excitement for them to come and look? You know that he wound up telling everyone that a man they called Jesus had healed him and forgave his sins.
What about the time when John, already imprisoned by Herod, likely in a time of discouragement, sent men to ask Jesus if he was the Messiah? How did you like Jesus’ answer? He didn’t make a long eloquent speech but rather just told them: go back where you came from and tell John all of the things that you have seen and heard. Not some gossip or fairy tale but just what they had witnessed firsthand. What do you reckon John’s response was? I didn’t find where the bible said anything about it but I can imagine the overwhelming flood of relief in his soul as he heard Jesus’ answer and must have thought; “yeah, he can’t be nobody else but the Messiah.”
In Luke 8 we have the demonic of the Gadarenes. He was so wicked that he couldn’t be bound but when he saw Jesus, he ran to him and worshipped him. Keep in mind that he was still demon-posessed until the demons ask Jesus to wait just a minute and not torture them but let them go into a herd of pigs. Around two thousand pigs committed suicide by running over a cliff into the lake and drowning. Can you imagine that scene when all of those herders came back and saw that man sitting at Jesus feet, clothed and in his right mind and couldn’t find their pigs?
In Luke 17, can you picture the lone leper as he left Jesus and headed home? There were probably people on the street, terrified and running away from him until they realized he was no longer a leper? There is no telling how long he had been a leper but he was no doubt restricted to a certain area where he couldn’t come out of. And now he rounds the corner of his street at a dead run to get home and let everyone see what Jesus had done for him. Can’t you just hear the doubters, disputing his word until he may have began showing them all the places on his body that had been eaten away by the disease but were now made whole?
Finally, we have the woman of Samaria, better known as the town tramp and a home wrecker. She was out at the town well about mid-day when she was met there by a pleasant Jewish man needing a drink of water. After their conversation, she went right back to where she came from and started telling the same men that she was fornicating with to come and see the man who told her everything she had ever done. The bible says that many came and believed because of her word. Hmmm? How often do you see the town tramp become the town missionary in a matter of minutes?
Oh yeah, I was about to leave one out: YOU! What about that time that things looked hopeless with your situation? You know, that time when you just didn’t think you could make another step because you were so burdened down. All of a sudden, right when you thought you couldn’t stand another minute of it and you thought you were just about to lose your mind; somehow you were overcome with a peace that you shouldn’t have had and you couldn’t possibly explain. Then, out of nowhere it was resolved. Months and maybe years of prayer and worry and now it was fixed and you couldn’t comprehend how, just like that, those agonizing times of prayer and sleepless nights and bitter tears were over! Yeah; I thought you would remember. Who did you tell so they could rejoice with you? Did you have people who may or may not have known the situation, stand in amazement as you told them how God had totally fixed it better than you ever thought possible? Did you go back to your place and tell anyone that would listen, how that God had shown compassion and mercy on you and whoever else was involved? Did your neighbors and friends know that God had just fixed something that you thought was beyond repair? You don’t have to be a traveling missionary. God just wants you to go back to your place and tell what great things he has done and how he had compassion on you. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!