What did you want to be, growing up?
What did your parents want you to be?
Did you ever have a sense of destiny? What about childhood promises you made to yourself—when I grow up, I will always have a clean house, or I will never get hurt again, or I will make all my own decisions. Childhood dreams and childhood vows drive us a lot more than we realize. In this YouTube talk, we’re going to see how the disciples’ theology drove them a lot more than they realized, too.
Recap: So, this chapter began on a high mountain, both figuratively and physically. Peter, James., and John had the transcendent experience of seeing Jesus glory, conversing with Moses and Elijah, and hearing God speak personally to them to listen to Jesus, God the Son. Very soon after, Jesus and these three found themselves in a valley, again, figuratively and physically. From their peak spiritual experience, they found themselves plunged into the chaos of overwhelmed disciples, a demon-possessed boy, an angry crowd, and a desperate father.
Evidently, there was a house nearby. Jesus took His disciples aside, once they had entered the building, to explain why they had experienced such failure in casting out the demon. This is where Mark picked up the narrative, again.
[Jesus in Peter’s house | James Tissot, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain]