This sermon was based on Mark 9:14-29
Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
14And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
Called to do what we Cannot do
- It was always Jesus’ intention to have us involved in the story. He began this early on – sending out the disciples and giving them authority.
- Jesus was quick to do this, involving people even before they understood fully, before they were ready.
- We see sometimes they were successful and sometimes they failed. Jesus is always the same, looking for the stepping out and the faith.
Reset our Perspective
- Jesus steps down from the mountain into the argument below.
- The clever arguments of the scribes and the sincere efforts of disciples are nothing when compared to the presence of Jesus.
- We are also to fix our gaze on him. To reset our perspective onto Jesus.
Begin the Conversation
- We are to have a conversation with Jesus, just as the child’s father did, in openness and honesty.
- We are to have faith in a person, not a system of beliefs or a set of tasks.
- Like the father we are to recognise the source of our problem is unbelief and ask God for help.