Here comes Jesus!
Mark 9: 14 – 18
14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him. 16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. 17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
There are so many different people in this encounter.
Peter, James and John are coming down the mountain with Jesus. Coming down the mountain is as important as going up. Do life. Be real. It isn’t just about mountain top wow experiences, it is about getting down on the dusty floor with children who are suffering. Is this where you are today?
The other disciples are surrounded by a large crowd of onlookers watching the teachers of the law arguing with them. Something has gone wrong. “They could not”. For the first time we have it recorded that the disciples had failed to carry out the works of Christ. Do you feel disqualified because you have failed?
The teachers of the law seized on an opportunity to attack the failed disciples. The religious certainly do this. There are many voices that will attack you given half the chance. The know-it-alls. Those who theorise rather than practice. Those who hold the rule book and say what can and cannot be done. These people will always be near. Are you with them today?
The large crowd were watching. Bemused and amused at the fighting going on with the religious and the church-to-be. Those supposedly in the family of God can provide great entertainment with their in-fighting. It seems every week the media promote the church as being deceived, liars, perverts, not relevant, prejudiced etc etc. All the time the world looks on without involving itself. Are you in the middle of this today?
A father in the crowd calls out similar to how a Father called out in the cloud moments before. “This is my son.” However his son is not the same. He is broken. Every father wants his son to be fixed. He could fix his toys but he cannot fix him. Is there someone you cannot fix today?
The son, only a boy, cannot understand what is wrong with him. He seems out of control at times. He doesn’t mean to do what he does but something takes hold and makes him embarrassed. The other children make fun of him. He is ashamed. Are you struggling today?
So which person are you?
Here is the good news.
Jesus is here.