We get to read about the problems that people brought to Jesus. We get to see the beginning and the end. They had to live it, so when a man brought his son to Jesus and the son kept going into convulsions, screaming, and foaming at the mouth, the dad didn’t know what to do.
“The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. A man in the crowd called out, ‘Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.’ ‘You unbelieving and perverse generation,’ Jesus replied, ‘how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.’ Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. And they were all amazed at the greatness of God. While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, ‘Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.’ But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.”
The father desperately needed a miracle. His son was in grave danger. First, he talked with the disciples. They couldn’t help.
Life is like that sometimes. We try a lot of things, but they don’t seem to work.
Then he decided to go to the best place. He went to Jesus.
That’s always the best place for us to go. We should first go straight to Jesus.
All Jesus had to do was to speak and the problem was solved.
The result? All were astonished at the majesty of God.
But Jesus knew that His mission was beyond healing. It brought such joy and peace, but it was not all there was. He was headed for the cross. He was walking into the darkness of carrying the world’s sin ahead of Him while His disciples would be looking how to claim the greatness they thought was before them.
They didn’t understand that Kingdom greatness looks nothing like the world’s definition.