Unlimited: Jesus Drives Out an Evil Spirit
Jan 15, 2021 1237
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 (Mark 9:25–27, NIV).
A man brought his son to be healed by Jesus. Because Jesus was on a mountain with Peter, James, and John, the other disciples tried to drive out the evil spirit but they could not.
And when Jesus came down from the mountain, he found the Pharisees arguing with his disciples about whether he was a fraud or not, and the whole crowd in uproar.
In this passage, the crowd witnessed the lack of power of the disciples. They witnessed the accusations of the teachers of the law against Jesus.
So, Jesus waited until the crowd comes running to the scene. He wanted everyone to see what he was going to do next.
And what Jesus did next is awe-inspiring. With his word of power, he commanded the spirit to leave the boy and never return.
Then, in a dramatic scene, the evil spirit dramatically left the boy.
It’s interesting that before the boy stood up, free from the evil spirit, Mark says that he looked like a corpse.
Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you will allow Jesus to take your hand. Because that’s what Jesus did: he extended his hand, and lifted the boy up to his feet.
The disciples hadn’t been able to heal a boy possessed by an evil spirit, and their failure had led to an embarrassing public spectacle. Jesus healed him through is word of power.
This leaves the disciples wondering what the reason was for their failure.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: What is a situation right now that you’re facing where you’re at rock-bottom? Will you let Jesus take your hand?