Unlimited: The Weakness of the Disciples

May 11, 2024 2059

Unlimited: The Weakness of the Disciples

When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.

“What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.

A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 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” (Mark 9:14–18, NIV).

From the majesty and glory of the transfiguration on the mountain, Jesus walked into the mess and confusion of this world. Because the crowds were waiting for him down below, and there was quite a commotion!

At the base of the mountain, a large crowd was centred around the teachers of the law who argued with the disciples. What were they arguing about? I think we can work it out from the situation.

A man brought his demon-possessed son to be healed by Jesus. But Jesus was on the mountain, so instead the man asked his disciples to heal him.

This was normal in their tradition. If a teacher had power from God, then his disciples would be able to do the things that the teacher did. So, the man expected the disciples to heal the boy. But they couldn’t.

So, the teachers of the law furiously argued with the disciples, that their master, Jesus, was a fraud.

This is really bad. What I mean is, it’s bad when needy people come to see Jesus, but get his disciples instead.

What they should get is that they should see Jesus through his disciples.

But too often, the people around us see just us, with all of our weaknesses and faults.

– Eliezer Gonzalez

Eli’s Reflection: What do people see when they see you? Are you building your life on people’s teachings or on the Jesus that lives inside of them?

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Dec 13, 2023

"What do people see when they see you? Are you building your life on people’s teachings or on the Jesus that lives inside of them?" ...This is what I like so much about this site, you are more interested in how Gods Spirit manifests within each person then what people say should be there. I commend you for this. I wish more people knew of this ministry. Modern Christians are very caught up in hearing what other people tell them they should believe, not unlike what the people did when they were told by the Pharisee how to believe and worship. They do not listen for themselves, it requires too much effort apparently, it is so much easier to have someone else who is "learned" tell us what to think. Most Christian ministry is not a whole lot different then the Pharisee of Israel. This is not what Jesus came to us to teach us, they are missing the point. He wants us to have a personal relationship with Him and hear what he says to us personally, not what someone else says we should hear.... I challenge other Christians to today listen to what scripture says to them. Think on it, pray on it, ask Jesus to explain it. Reject for a moment what other people tell you it means or says or what they think you should hear. This means rejecting the examples of other peoples journey, which is what is contained in 75% of the Bible. Just for a moment, walk with Jesus by yourself. Read the Gospels, hear them for yourself, Let Jesus explain them and bring you into them. You may find that God has something special just for you. Ahoh.

Emily Ndungu

Jul 6, 2022

It's true that at times,I am not able to represent Jesus. May the Lord help me to be more useful in His work.

Tony Berrigan

Jan 12, 2021

I like to build my life on the very encouraging promise from the Master, 'my yoke is easy and my burden is light'. People will be devastatingly disappointed if they try to see God in me. I think my job is to walk close with God and allow Him to work thru me. Yesterday i had a scientist stay at my hotel and he accepted Jesus in our Hotel courtyard that evening after many questions. Sometimes we can be in just the right place at just the right time in that persons life and get to see someone enter the kingdom and it is the greatest thrill anyone can have in life. Blessings to all

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