Summary: 2nd in a three part series on the three occassions Jesus spoke about His death on the way to Jerusalem
A STRIKE AT WHAT WE LACK FOR HIM
Mark 9:14-26 (quickview)  When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15As 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. 17A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18Whenever 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."
Mark 9:20-26 (quickview)  20So 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. 21Jesus 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 him who believes." 24Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" 25When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. "You deaf and mute spirit," he said, "I command you, come out of him and never enter him again." 26The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, "He’s dead."
Matthew 17:20 (quickview)  He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ’Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
Luke 9:44-45 (quickview)  "Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men." 45But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
INTRODUCTION: Last week we began a three part series, entitled “Three Strikes and He’s Out”. We are looking at three instances in which Jesus speaks openly about His death. Three opportunities for His disciples to “hit one out of the park” so to speak, concerning their relationship with Him. Last week Jesus encouraged His disciples to understand who He is, and then to do something about it! He accepted the declaration of Peter, who, speaking for the disciples called him the Messiah. We also saw that Jesus dealt with both the opportunity of the devil to divert his message, and also the tendency to only get part of the info needed. That’s why Jesus told them to keep what they knew to themselves – They only knew half the story. Finally, last week, Jesus encouraged us to do something with what we know about Him – Be A Disciple! That involved three things: 1. Not giving in to our desire to indulge ourselves, 2. Acknowledge by our life that Jesus is right, and 3. To follow Him, and in doing so we attain what we value the most – our lives, for what we cannot have – the world.