What Jesus Did! 'Mountains and Valleys' — Luke 9:37-43

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The next day, Jesus, Peter, James, and John came down from the mountain. A large group of people met Jesus. A man in the group shouted to Jesus, "Teacher, please come and look at my son. He is the only child I have. An evil spirit {from the devil} comes into my son, and then he shouts. He loses control of himself and he foams from the mouth. The evil spirit continues to hurt him and almost never leaves him. I begged your followers to make the evil spirit leave my son, but they could not do it." Jesus answered, "You people that live now have no faith. Your lives are all wrong. How long must I be with you and be patient with you?" Then Jesus said to the man, "Bring your son here." While the boy was coming, the demon threw the boy to the ground. The boy lost control of himself. But Jesus gave a strong command to the evil spirit. Then the boy was healed. And Jesus gave the boy back to his father. All the people were amazed at the great power of God. The people were still amazed about all the things Jesus did. Jesus said to his followers,
— Luke 9:37-43
Illustration of Luke 9:37-43 — "Bring your son here."

Key Thought

Although Jesus' high (the transfiguration experience with Moses and Elijah and God's blessing) that happened on the mountain was a great experience, he comes down the mountain to once again face disappointment. A Father says, "I begged your disciples ... but they couldn't do it." After their great mission trip where they preached and healed, after their experience in helping feed 5000, once again they were suddenly limited and lacking. I don't know about you, but that is often the way my ministry goes, too. Sometimes I feel so powerful and useful to the Lord and he does great things. Bottom line: just as Jesus' disciples often disappointed him, other Christian servants are going to disappoint us. However, Jesus didn't give up on his disciples when he was discouraged with them and we must not give up on each other when we let each other down. While he rebuked them, he remained faithful to them. His goal was to make them into God's men. He would not let his discouragement with them keep him from his task!

Today's Prayer

Father God, please help me not to be overly discouraged when other Christians don't measure up to what I think they ought to be. Help me be gracious with them just as you were. Guard my heart from bitter discouragement and cynicism about the failure of other believers. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

About eight days after Jesus said these things, he took Peter, James, and John and went up on a mountain to pray. While Jesus was praying, his face began to change. His clothes became shining white. Then two men were talking with Jesus. The men were Moses and Elijah. Moses and Elijah were shining bright too. They were talking with Jesus about his death that would happen in Jerusalem. Peter and the others were asleep. But they woke up and saw the glory of Jesus. They also saw the two men that were standing with Jesus. When Moses and Elijah were leaving, Peter said, "Master, it is good that we are here. We will put three tents here—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (Peter did not know what he was saying.) While Peter was saying these things, a cloud came all around them. Peter, James, and John became afraid when the cloud covered them. A voice came from the cloud. The voice said, "This is my Son. He is the One I have chosen. Obey him." When the voice finished, only Jesus was there. Peter, James, and John said nothing. At that time they told no person about what they had seen. The next day, Jesus, Peter, James, and John came down from the mountain. A large group of people met Jesus. A man in the group shouted to Jesus, "Teacher, please come and look at my son. He is the only child I have. An evil spirit {from the devil} comes into my son, and then he shouts. He loses control of himself and he foams from the mouth. The evil spirit continues to hurt him and almost never leaves him. I begged your followers to make the evil spirit leave my son, but they could not do it." Jesus answered, "You people that live now have no faith. Your lives are all wrong. How long must I be with you and be patient with you?" Then Jesus said to the man, "Bring your son here." While the boy was coming, the demon threw the boy to the ground. The boy lost control of himself. But Jesus gave a strong command to the evil spirit. Then the boy was healed. And Jesus gave the boy back tohis father. All the people were amazed at the great power of God. The people were still amazed about all the things Jesus did. Jesus said to his followers,

Luke 9:28-43

Related Scripture Readings

You say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye.' Why do you say this? You can't see that big piece of wood in your own eye! You are a hypocrite. First, take the piece of wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your brother's eye.

Luke 6:42

But God comforts people who are troubled. And God comforted us when Titus came.

2 Corinthians 7:6

We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest {of eternal life} at the right time. We must not give up!

Galatians 6:9

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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