Luke 4:42 – 44 At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. 43 But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” 44 So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea.

Look carefully at this piece of Scripture. The people wanted to prevent Jesus from leaving them. They did not care that Jesus could do for others what He had been doing for them. They had Him and they wanted to keep them.

This is understandable. He healed and preached with authority. He made the Scriptures make sense. He ate with them. There is nothing about His teaching or behaviour that is faulty. And now He is about to leave? No!!

But they had to be told that what He was and who He was, was for all people, not just for them. Note Jesus’ reasoning. It boils down to God’s will. “For I was sent for this purpose”. God’s will. Jesus knew why He was here and nothing was going to disturb that, not the love of others, not popularity, not ease of ministry. He was heading for the cross from the very beginning, even before He even made that His destination (See 9:52). And He had other people to minister to before that took place.

We have Jesus. It is a wonder to be able to say that. He came for us. He lived for us. He died for us. He is preparing a place for us … The benefits are many and varied. And it is understandable to want to keep Him to ourselves. And many Christians do.

But Jesus came to save the world and He has told us that we are a part of that. To keep Jesus to ourselves is rank disobedience. It is the child who screams “That’s mine and you can’t have it!!”. If Jesus is as wonderful as we say He is, and He is, then we should want others to have the benefits. It is one of the signs that we really do have Him.