Reality Check

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 9:14-27

When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. (v. 14)

In today’s reading, Peter, James, and John learned a valuable lesson: you can’t stay up on the mountain permanently. You have to return to the reality of this world. As Jesus said in another place, “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). As the three descended down the mountain with their Master, they found trouble staring them in the face.

A large crowd had gathered and an argument had ensued between the other disciples of Jesus and some teachers of the law who had shown up. What the argument was exactly is difficult to say. The disciples had tried to cast a demon out of a little boy, but they were unsuccessful. Perhaps this prompted some ridicule from the religious leaders.

Whatever it was, the demented state of this little boy had created quite a stir. An evil spirit had taken hold of him, throwing him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus seized control of the situation and brought peace and healing to this little boy.

“Take heart,” Jesus says, “I have overcome the world.” It is comforting to know that despite the chaotic reality of our existence, Jesus is with us and will take care of our needs whatever they may be. Mountaintop experiences are wonderful, yet the reality is, life will always have its troubles. But Jesus is always ready to help. —John Koedyker

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that although in this world we have troubles, you have overcome the world. Amen.