Sunday, April 11, 2010



Just after the transfiguration, everyone must come down from the mountain: The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. A man in the crowd called out, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not."

"You unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here." Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.

This is a seemingly minor incident, yet there is so much to glean from it. FIRST-Jesus and three of His disciples have been up on the mountain-a true mountaintop experience. They could not have been any higher in their enthusiasm. They have seen Jesus in all His glory and there is no doubt that Jesus is the One God has sent to reach the world and to deliver all of us from totally destroying ourselves. Now, they have to come down from the mountaintop and deal with the down-and-dirty real world. Down at this level there is little that shines very bright and certainly not as bright as what they experienced up on the mountain with Jesus. So, they have to feel a bit down and frustrated with what they are facing.

SECOND-Jesus, too, is frustrated with having to come down from the mountaintop. The father of this boy went to the disciples, seeking help and they were unable to do so. I think Jesus was not only disgusted with the disciples, but with everyone who is missing the point of who Jesus is and what He came to give. You see, Jesus has been investing Himself in training His disciples and trying to communicate to anyone who would listen to Him. He has just come down after shining as bright as lightning and now back to seeing the effects of His glory and radiance.

What's most important is that Jesus didn't stay in an upset mood, but moved right into gear to heal the only son of this man. He wasted no time in doing so.

"And they were all amazed at the greatness of God." I love this response. The longer you watch Jesus the more you see in Him. The more you hang out with Jesus and do your best to follow Him around, He will most surely bring you to this same response. NOTE what Luke says here that they were amazed at the greatness of God. It wasn't the greatness of Jesus, but the greatness of God. When Jesus does His thing, those who are watching don't see any difference between Jesus and God.

I've been repeatedly sharing what a friend shared with me about what Jesus demonstrates to us all. As you watch Jesus you will see three most amazing things: 1. Jesus brings you the highest character qualities of anyone who ever lived. 2. When you follow the teachings and principles of Jesus, you quickly realize that you are most fulfilled in your soul. 3. The ultimate result you will discover as you do your best to follow Jesus is that you will find God.

I've come to this conclusion. If God were to take on flesh and become man, you would expect Him to look just like Jesus. Jesus is the God-Man who raises the bar of character qualities for us to emulate, gives you a sense of meaning and fullness as you try following Him and introduces you into a personal relationship with the God of gods.

His name again? JESUS.