Summary: This is an evangelistic message, dealing with the way of salvation.
Text: Mark 9:14-29
"And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great
multitude about them, and the scribes questioning
And straightway all the people, when they beheld
him, were greatly amazed, and running to him
And he asked the scribes, What question ye with
And one of the multitude answered and said,
Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which
hath a dumb spirit;
And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him:
and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and
pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that
they should cast him out; and they could not.
He answered him, and saith, O faithless gene-
ration, how long shall I be with you? how long
shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
And they brought him unto him; and when he saw
him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he
fell on the ground and wallowed foraming.
And he asked his father, How long is it ago since
this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and
into the waters, to desroy him: but if thou
canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all
things are possible to him that believeth.
And straightway the father of the child cried
out, and said with tears, Lord I believe; help
thou mine unbelief.
When Jesus saw that the people came running to-
gether, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto
him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee,
come out of him, and enter no more into him.
And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and
came out of him: and he was as one dead; inso-
much that many said, He is dead.
But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him
up; and he arose.
And when he was come into the house his disciples
asked him privately, Why could not we cast him
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by
nothing, but by prayer and fasting."
This is one of the most touching stories in
all of the Word of God. In a simple, but sublime
way, this text reveals the way of deliverance,
and the way of salvation. It reveals the love
and mercy of God for hurting humanity, and
glorifies our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I would like for us to notice the stages
that this man went through on his journey of
I. THE FIRST STAGE: DESPERATION & DISAPPOINTMENT
This man was apparently not famous, or influen-
cial. He was just one of many in a crowd of
hurting humanity. Have you ever felt like that-
lost in a universe of nameless faces? He was
just a man. A man with a need. Yet, we will
see that he is a man that was known and loved
His son was afflicted by demon possession. He
would go into violent convulsions and grotesque
groans whenever he came under the influence of
this evil power.
He first tried to get help from Jesus’disciples,
but they could not help him. What a disappoint-
ing letdown that must have been to him. His
situation seemed hopeless. Why were the disciples
unable to help this man? Jesus said that it was
because of a lack of faith on their part.
How helpless we all seem to be apart from Divine
intervention. We would all perish minus His
II. THE SECOND STAGE: DETERMINATION & DESIRE.
He refused to give up. Many people probably
would have. He wanted his son to be delivered
so badly he couln’t give up hope.
III. THE THIRD STAGE: DISTRESS & DOUBT.
This man was worried about his son. He had
already been disappointed and discouraged, now
doubts were haunting his mind.
Torn by years of grief and anguish, he cried
out to Jesus in complete desperation, with tears,
"Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!"
God honors faith, no matter how miniscule it
might be. Faith the size of a mustard seed can
Jesus replied to him:"If thou canst believe, all
things are possible to him that believeth."
IV. THE FOURTH STAGE: DELIVERANCE & DELIGHT.
He received for his son that which he desperately
needed. His fears were relieved. His pain and
agony were gone.
He was on shouting ground.
His son was healed. Jesus did for him what no
one else possibly could.
Invitation-Your situation may seem hopeless also,
like this man, but we worship a God with whom all
things are possible. Surrender your all to Him
today. Do it now.