45 The times of disbelief

Luke 9:37-45
Isaiah 55:1-13
T Lord, I beg You!

 Last time, we have heard that the center of message of the change mountain was not Jesus changed to a figure of the glory, but it is the center that Jesus stayed there after Elijah and Moses were given to the sky, and He came back to the Son of Man being near the disciples. "Jesus was found alone."; it means that Jesus decided to chose Via Crucis. It was Jesus who was decided to walk the way to a cross, but would there be a dim hesitation somewhere? Why Jesus climbed this mountain? I imagine it was to face His hesitation. Jesus who reconfirmed the Father's will as the effect of talking with Elijah and Moses, whom were dispatched from Father, doesn't have the hesitation any longer. This morning, it is from 9:37-50; "the next day" (37), in other words, it means "Night of the Jesus transfiguration dawned"; Jesus went down from the mountain. It passes by Galilee district, and goes to Jerusalem; it was right the way to the cross. It would be the time when they went down to the town of Caesarea Philippi. A large number of crowds met Jesus' party and one person cried from them and said. It is a text of this morning.

 "Teacher, I beg You to look at my son, he is my only boy, and behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams, and it throws him into a convulsion with foaming at the mouth, and as it mauls him, it scarcely leaves him. And I begged Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not." (38-40) It is like "epilepsy", if we say in contemporary style. It seemed it was so always since he was young (Matthew), but already he has considerably fallen into a serious case now. Like the woman who had trouble of that long blood, he had many doctors examine it, but he was not recovered. This father would come to Jesus; he could not stand for worry for the disease of a child turning worse day by day, for worry that in this situation he might die. An eye of doctor Luke seems to act on the symptom description, when we compare it with an article of Matthew and Mark.

 Probably, this father entrusted Jesus with a wish, it would depend on the disciples who have healed many sick people while staying in the town. Because they had the results that healed many sick people in the towns villages which were already sent, he heard such reputation, and he brought a son to the disciples, but disciples were not able to repair the disease of the child for some reason. Therefor, he must have thought to ask to their teacher / Jesus. And, toward Jesus who finally came back, he cried aloud.


U The route of the cross

 Jesus heard that process and said. "O unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you, and put up with you?" (41) This words are not clear that is saying to the whole people of the time or saying to the disciples; but probably, it would be the words of the sadness that leaked out to the people who missed the trust to God. A disease is healed; but it is supported by the faith to God. In Mark, a conversation of this father and Jesus is recorded, "'But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!' 'If You can? All things are possible to him who believes.' 'I do believe; help my unbelief.' 'You deaf and dump spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again.'" (9:22-24); but it is thought that Luke watched such disbelief to God in this father. Luke seems to highlight only such a thing called the times that are the disbelief. Surely, he will be associating it to the notice of the cross after Verse 43. The interest of Luke was not talking a miracle through this event, but talking the route of the cross of Jesus which became more clear, I think.

 "Bring your son here." (41) "And the while he was still approaching, the demon dashed him to the ground, and threw him into a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave back to his father." (42) If he was a modern doctor, the thing what Jesus has done would be received different, but Luke put the blame of cause of child of illness on a demon, as same as this father, and gathered up this article like that. Luke would feel it that the demon who possessed the child showed the resistance to Jesus who had chosen Via Crucis desperately. And Luke shared feeling of strain of the people of circumference watching the fight as holding the breath, I think. And only Luke completed this event, "And they were all amazed at the greatness of God." (43a). It would be the testimony by the overwhelming power of Jesus who had begun to walk the way to a cross against Satan, I think.


V The times of disbelief

 And the next paragraph begins, "But while everyone was marveling at all that He was doing, He said to His disciples," (43b); this paragraph is a notice of the second suffering of Jesus (only Luke wrote it), the first one is 9:22. Some people says, because other miracles are included in "all that He was doing", this might be a thing talked about at another opportunity; but, from Greek text, it is thought that it was just after the event of Caesarea Philippi, I think. Then, it seems a large number of crowds gather around the circumference of Jesus still, and Jesus talks to only disciples in them. It is a quite unnatural scene, but I want to grope around for some these scenes.

 As for what people admired, disciples were same. But, it seems, because disciples could not understand the true meaning of the event of the change mountain, they were anxious and remembered uneasiness for this word, "The Son of Man must suffer and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day." (9:22). Therefore, when a boy of epilepsy was healed, they were surprised at Jesus who used such power but relieved, I think. He was not a figure toward the disgusting cross, but the Lord whom they just now confessed the Messiah; it seems to float the state of disciples relieved in the One who avoided a demon decidedly. However, Jesus was said in this way. "Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men." (44) "These words", it points also to the first suffering notice, but the crowd who heard only this would not understand it. Matthew and Mark assume this article as only once thing, and move it from the event of Caesarea Philippi a little, but it mentions His resurrection, too. However, it helps to evade unnaturalness that He told this only to the disciples among crowds, but it makes the event of Caesarea Philippi irrelevant to His suffering and does not mention the uneasiness of disciples either. Probably, the suffering notice was told twice like the article of Luke, and the second one was told so plainly like this. This large number of people would not know what it is; but, even if it was vague to disciples, it is thought that a feeling of Jesus reached them. Jesus showed the overwhelming power for the Satan, but His determination to be hung on the cross did not have the change.

 "But", Luke continues it. "But they did not understand this statement, and it was concealed from them so that they might not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this statement." (45) Luke would put it, "The times of disbelief" that Jesus was grieved over, on the vague understanding of disciples. The times of disbelief that Jesus had to proceed to the cross will agree wonderfully to the present age. However, the hope of the resurrection is talked at there, too. Isn't this the one that we are desperately seeking, now confusion pursued desperately? Now, it is necessary for you to believe Jesus; we want to hear this message of Luke with you.