If you were Jesus, how would you teach your super-slow-to-understand disciples (and the rest of us) that we need him to die for us. What you do? In Mark 9 we see Jesus "in the classroom" getting this point across in a unique way. First of all a desperate father enters the classroom with a son who has been possessed by an evil spirit since early childhood. The boy is mute and deaf, and has vicious seizures that have nearly killed him many times. And for years and years nothing could be done to help him. The father has already brought his boy to the disciples to see if they can cast out the spirit. And they too could do nothing. Its at this point in the class Jesus delivers the punch line:
"Bring the boy to ME".
Jesus then shows the boy's father and his disciples (and the rest of us) that where they are powerless, Jesus is powerful to save the boy from evil. And with one command, he drives out the evil spirit and the boy is made well.
I think Jesus big take home point to us is that we are that child. He is a picture of the power that evil has over you and me - every one of us. And furthermore the incident is showing us there is nothing that anyone can do to rescue us from the power of evil. Except for Jesus. He alone is powerful to save us. And the next thing he does in his classroom in Mark 9 is to explain how he is going to do that:
"The Son of Man is going to be delivered in to the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise."
So come and sit in Jesus' classroom this Sunday. Listen and learn.