Faith in the God-Sent King
In this text we have two severe crises and one great need in the midst of these crises.
The great need is to have faith that Jesus Christ is the God-sent King whose Kingdom triumphs over all kingdoms.
On the surface it may seem that the great need is to be delivered from a crisis, and in both of these instances the external crisis was resolved. But the deeper crisis in the lives of these two people and the disciples is the crisis of faith.
Do we believe that the kingdom of Jesus triumphs over the kingdom of Satan? Even though that kingdom is not here in its fullness, is the kingdom present and growing?
Both of the miracles that take place are signs and promises of the kingdom of Jesus Christ. They are not ends in and of themselves nor are they ultimate final deliverances. Eventually both people that are delivered will die. The ultimate deliverance is that from unbelief to faith. Read more »