Posted on: 20/04/2013
Nothing is impossible with Christ
M't:17:14: And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
M't:17:15: Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
M't:17:16: And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
M't:17:17: Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
M't:17:18: And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
M't:17:19: Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
M't:17:20: And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
M't:17:21: Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Jesus already gave the disciples the authority to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers and cast out demons (Mt 10: 8). They would have been happy to see the results. But they are unable to heal this case. Jesus steps in to drive out the demon from the child. He told them later that they have to grow in faith with fasting and prayer. We too have to grow in faith to work out greater things.
Secondly when all our efforts fail, Jesus can do. What is impossible for man is possible for Christ. We learn that nothing is impossible with God.
Lastly we see here Jesus honours one person's faith on behalf of another. Jesus worked on the faith of the father of the child. When someone is unable to exercise the faith to get deliverance, you use your faith of God to help the person out, instead of blaming the person (House of Prayer, Sunday 14-4-2013).