After the Transfiguration, Jesus, Peter, John and James came back down the mountain where they encountered the other disciples arguing with some religious experts in the midst of a crowd. Here’s what happened:
As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.
“What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.
A man in the crowd called out to him, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, my only child. An evil spirit keeps seizing him, making him scream. It throws him into convulsions so that he foams at he mouth. It batters him and hardly ever leaves him alone. I begged your disciples to cast out the spirit, but they couldn’t do it.”
Jesus said, “You faithless people! How long must I be with you and put up with you?” Then he said to the man, “Bring your son here.”
So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a violent convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”
The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. Then Jesus gave him back to his father. Awe gripped the people as they saw this majestic display of God’s power.
After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “This kind can come out only by prayer. I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
(Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:14-29; Luke 9:37-42)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
He’s THE Teacher with power straight from the Father.
2. What exactly does he want us to do?
Again and again and again and again Jesus drives home this simple message of what he expects from us: FAITH.
If we truly believe and pray out of that belief “nothing would be impossible.”
So what exactly does it mean to “believe”? As we’ve said before, it means more than saying “Yeah, OK, whatever, I believe in Jesus.” Faith as depicted in the Bible is a deeeeeep growing trust in response to the way God reveals Himself. Faith isn’t a blind leap — it’s an ever-deepening journey that involves our entire being: heart, mind and soul.
So here’s today’s to-do list:
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