the transfiguration is too intense for me, so im just going to skip it… for now.
The story of the boy with an unclean spirit is just full of typical christian cliches, but these cliches are also very true. When Jesus’ disciples are unable to cast out the demon from the little boy, the father especially, is at a point of desperation. At this time, Jesus says to him “If you can! all things are possible for one who believes”. Then the father of the child cries out “I believe, help my unbelief”. Jesus then casts out the spirit and the boy is now healed. Point of the story… all things are possible for one who believes. With Jesus on earth, things were much more dramatic, but this truth doesn’t lose its value at all in today’s world. It might manifest differently according to God’s sovereign plan, but it is just as true now as when Jesus first said it.
Soon after Jesus told the disciples of his death and Resurrection the first time in Chap 8, he does so once again here. Disciples being disciples, they have no idea what Jesus is talking about. One thing that seemed to matter more to the disciples was who will be the greatest, so much that they were arguing with one another. The exact same story happens again in chapter 10, with James and John, thinking that they are able to bear the cup that Jesus will drink on the cross, they had no idea what they were talking about. Both times, Jesus responded. Not in a sharp rebuke, but emphasized the importance of being a servant. “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all”, and “whoever would be first among you must be salve of all”. Is this really how we view service? Or are we just like the disciples, serving, but with a mixture of pride, self-love, and jealousy mingled into our so called service for God. As Christians, we are all called to serve. So this is an issue that we must all work out at one point in our walk, though those whose service is “more exposed” are probably more prone to this than, someone who stacks chairs after Sunday service. Serving others can manifest itself in many different forms, and we can often justify something we enjoy doing, because we are wired a certain way, as good service. I’m not saying that doing what you enjoy doing isnt service, but it is much more challenging to serve in a sacrificial manner. Doing things that challenge us, like loving brothers and sisters in a way that is out of our means, serve others in a way that poses great challenge to us. IM bad with examples, but ill try, something like hospitality. It comes natural to some people, but to others, it is very difficult. It doesnt mean that we can skip out on being hospitable, and still think that we are fulfilling the debt to love one another. Times and instances like these really train and bring out Christian character, so it should be something we are all looking forward to. The end result is to serve God, not ourselves…
ok i was everywhere with this post…. I cant write… nor collect a proper train of thought… too stressed from all the studying….