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Snapshots from Mark: Diagnosing a Demon

Snapshots from Mark: Diagnosing a Demon Sermon Audio Here

Mark 9:14-29

I ran across an inspiring quote this last week: “The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.” An admirable sentiment; but what happens when the problem is absolutely beyond our means to solve?

How Do We Deal With Devilish Difficulties?

Situations Solved Solely by Jesus ~ Mark 9:14-18

  • 14/16 Why RUN to Jesus?
  • 17/18 When we strike out solving our own struggle

Spiritual Solutions Accessed Through the Son ~ Mark 9:19-24

  • 19 “unbelieving” they’d tried to solve a spiritual problem by natural means
  • 20/22 “if you can”=the father doesn’t understand the spiritual world; he knows there’s a demon problem, but he doesn’t know Jesus’ place in that spiritual reality
  • 23/24 “I believe YOU can fix this – it’s beyond me” = the admission that leads to salvation

Supernatural Shows Up the Merely Natural ~ Mark 9:25-29

  • 25/27 The results of Jesus’ work are often misinterpreted, when viewed through a merely natural lens
  • 28/29 spiritual problems require spiritual solutions

The Disciples were using Jesus’ authority without understanding its origin: Jesus is LORD of Heaven and Earth. The Father has GIVEN all authority to the Son, and so when the Son’s name is appropriately invoked, as an agent of the Son, spiritual forces will pay attention!

Snapshots from Mark: Lost in Translation

Snapshots from Mark: Lost in Translation Sermon Audio Here

Mark 9:2-10

How do you see this picture?

 

 

 

 

Here is a picture I showed the kids during Children’s message. What do you see when you look at it? What happens if you look at it upside down? We often form concepts in our mind that take some radical reorientation to see differently.

 

What Happens When How We See Jesus Changes?

Dazzled and Dazed ~ Mark 9:2-3

  • transfigured=changed form; cf. Phil 2:7 “grasping”
  • Jesus touched His Divinity for a few moments, and it dazzled the disciples
  • IT STILL DOES

Lean On The Living Word ~ Mark 9:4-6

  • Elijah, greatest of prophets; Moses, giver of Law
  • Jesus greater than the Law and the Prophets
  • THE LIVING WORD

Admit We Miss The Point Sometimes ~ Mark 9:8-10

  • EVEN AFTER seeing Jesus transfigured before them, they STILL MISS HIS CLEAR TEACHING “what rising meant”

Mark 9:7 Listen to the Loved Son

In the Old Testament, Elisha freaks out when Elijah is translated; Peter is overwhelmed when Jesus changes… how do WE deal with Jesus’ changes?

This calls for a Change IN OUR PERCEPTION of Jesus – we think He’s one way, when He reveals Himself to be ACTUALLY GOD.


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