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.”
19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
25 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.”
26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”
1 Corinthians 9
19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.
21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.
22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.
23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
Jesus met quit a few people who have said this over the millenniums:
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe;
help me overcome my unbelief!”
And you know, Jesus dealt with this Much more Kindly than -
19 The angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 "And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time."…
And again I must say - "Jesus is my Savior and my Hero."
No wonder! King David said to the prophet Gad - "Let me fall into the hands of God where I will look for His Mercy!!!"
Jesus said look to Him and see our Father God.
How did Jesus deal with weakness?
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
The last blind man I met was an Anglican Priest who said he prayed and begged and pleaded for God to heal for almost twenty years. And in his sightlessness, he suddenly understood that he was missing God's willingness to bless for not allowing the Hope of God to flow like living water from the cross. God is willing! Why would we see Him as stingy - an unwilling Father. He has a vast Ministry in healing now!
The Blind Healer Paperback – January 9, 2012
by Mike Endicott (Author)
A perfect example of the blind SEE. Just as Rev. Francis MacNutt quotes Jesus took our sins and healed our weaknesses. Just as Bishop Clark at HopePointe saw God grow the leg of a two year old boy. The people of that Catholic Church all tremendously wanted the little boy to have two legs to walk on. Changing Clark's life forever, as he decided only to serve Father God.
God is working in ways we have to See. With Faith.
Zacchaeus was lame. His life felt in need of something. Zacchaeus was willing to put down some of his pride and climb a tree and Call Out to Jesus. Jesus healed that lameness.
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
And Poor? We have all failed God.
And been 'Nicodemus' coming at night to God with our concerns - first, first, first and always our concerns. Like Nicodemus we treat Jesus as Saint Nick.
Jesus has dealt with weakness.
Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said,
“Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him!”
And did Jesus give Nicodemus us-Santa-seekers the bums rush? Yes!
Jesus spoke the Truth with such tenderness ~
Nicodemus was a follower of Jesus the rest of his life.
John 3 - Jesus told Nicodemus
9 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
What was this verdict that caused Nicodemus to change in his heart?
Jesus spoke plainly and with tenderness of Overwhelming Love.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Nicodemus was blessed, blessed are the eyes of Nicodemus, because they saw; and Nicodemus ears, because they heard. For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what Nicodemus saw, and did not see it, and to hear what Nicodemus heard, and did not hear it.
Nicodemus changed because he knew God and God Loved Nicodemus. Nicodemus knew Good News.
Father God, in You, Patricia can see. Her cataracts were healed and the blood vessels to her eyes the size of human hair became normal again. In You, a blind priest with two decades of pleading for Your mercies suddenly could see Your Willingness to let prayers be answered in faith. The Blind see in Jesus.
Let us not be deaf to Him.
The lame are strengthened!!! We are Going Forth. And the poor have the Goodness of God's Good News. Test God in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it." We are willing Lord Father God! Open our eyes to our blessings. Our ears to hear Your Love. To put forward and lift our drooping hands and strengthen our weak knees. Our yield will be peace, Love and Joy. We live with Hope and Love.
Father God let us renew our wonder. Seeing Your blessing. People love us. People depend on us. We encourage others. We Love.
God is pouring forth a blessing - See the Blessing! Amen, we pray with Joy in Jesus.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †