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Mark 9:14-29 – If You Can? Meditative Musing for Dec 6

When Jesus descended the Mount of Transfiguration, He met a confused scene. His disciples were arguing with the scribes, and a man who came for Jesus to heal his son, which the apostles could not do, was clamoring for help.

Jesus had the man who was disappointed in the disciples of Jesus bring the son to Him. The man explained the boy was possessed of a spirit that make him mute and would make him fall in spasms, foaming at the mouth and grinding his teeth – and often into fire or water as if to kill the boy. When the spirit saw Jesus, the boy had one of his “fits,” rolling on the ground foaming at the mouth. The father then asked plaintively, “If you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

Earlier (1:40), a leper said to Jesus, “If you will, you can make me clean,” apparently doubting Jesus’ desire to help. This man questioned Jesus’ power to help. What would you expect from him? Jesus’ followers had disappointed him by their failure. Could Jesus succeed?

Two questions jump out at me from this text:

  1. How much of the disciples’ failure was due to their descending into an argument with the scribes instead of focusing on the man who came for help for his son?
  2. How much of the world’s current doubt about Jesus is due to the way we, his disciples, represent Him?

Dealing with those questions will bring us nearer a period of kingdom growth!


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