"And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him,
ran through that whole surrounding region,
and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was."
Some passages of Scripture bring your imagination to life. You can just see in your mind's eye the events taking place. As I read this passage that is exactly what happened. I could see the first few people realizing that Jesus had just entered into their region. The word began to spread rapidly among the community. As it did, the people went from house to house gathering together those who had illnesses. You can almost see the countryside filled with people scurrying around carrying their loved ones to Jesus. There was hope and expectancy written plainly on their faces. They knew that the day of deliverance had come for their loved ones. You can just feel the excitement in the air. I can also see Jesus smiling as He watched the comedy/drama playing out before Him. It looked like an ant hill had been disturbed, yet these were not ants but souls that were hungry to experience what only He could give. He knew each and every story that came to Him. He knew their past, their present, and what the future held for them as they would leave Him that day. I believe that He was as thrilled about the experience of their deliverance as they were.
We need to take this passage to heart. As believers we know very well that Jesus is alive and well. We have personally experienced the deliverance that He brings to a sin-sick soul. We know the power and privilege of His presence. Therefore, let us get up and run through the surrounding region where God has placed us. There are so many around us that are sick with the disease of sin. They are literally dying before our eyes. We have the cure, and we know the Great Physician. It is our responsibility to carry them to Christ. We must place them on the stretcher of prayer and bring them to the Lord. We must open our mouths to tell them of the wondrous love and deliverance that can only come through Jesus Christ. He already knows each one of them by name. He knows their past, and He is not intimidated by it. He knows the stubborn heart that is presently within them and is not discouraged about what He can do for them. He also knows what we do not: their future. He is without any doubt their only hope. Let us be diligent to love them as Christ would and give them the hope of everlasting life.
May you run through your region today finding the lost for Christ!