Mark 9:19New International Version (NIV)
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.”
Often times we see Jesus as this milk toast bearded man walking around not as this courageous man, but a man who is timid. For some, they say he is the softer side of a man. Really!?
When I read Mark 14-29, I see a man taking on an argument between his disciples and the religious leaders. Nowhere do I see Jesus saying, “Men, let’s understand each other now. Let’s watch our tempers.”
No, He says in verse 16, “What are you arguing about?”He takes the problem and argument head on. He then listens to the man who has the demon possessed son. The son throws fits and foams at the mouth while the demon tries to kill him.
Jesus gets ticked off with his disciples because of their lack of faith and even says, “How much longer do I have to put up with this?” This is not a weak man to me.
Jesus then waits for them to bring the demon possessed boy. The boy throws a fit because of the demon inside of him. Jesus looks the dad straight on and asks how long this has been going on.
The man replies, “Since he was a young boy.” In verse 22, we see the followers lack of faith, but we also see his honesty. He says, “Have mercy on us. Help us, if you can.”
I love Jesus’ response, “What do you mean, if, anything is possible if a person believes.” The dad cries out, “Forgive me of my unbelief!”
Jesus is now in a moment. the crowd is getting bigger, and it is time to make a stand. He speaks straight to the demonic spirit. He commands him to come out and never come back, and so the demon leaves.
This is not a timid, milk toast man. This is a Savior who stands in the face of the enemy and calls him to a show down. Men, Jesus is not a spineless Mr. Nice Guy. NO, he is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Strength and Courage