Power of Faith in Jesus

 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. (Mt. 17: 14-27)

A man brought his epileptic son to Jesus’ disciples and requested them to deliver him. The disciples could not. Then the man fell on his knees before Jesus and pleaded for mercy up on the child. He chided the faithlessness of the disciples and healed the boy by rebuking the demonic spirit that was oppressing the boy.

It moves mountains for you
When the disciples asked why they could not cast it out, Jesus told them it was due to their lack of faith or weaker faith. If their faith was as solid as a tiny mustard seed they could move any obstacle from their way and nothing would be impossible for them.

Jesus was disturbed at the fact that they behaved as if He was going to be with them for a long time, overpower the Romans and establish the kingdom God had promised. This was a bunch of slow learners, or rather, they had to unlearn a lot of things before they could understand the mission of their Master. So Jesus foretells them again about the climax of His mission-His death and resurrection.

It demonstrates the power of God to others

Peter was confronted by the authorities regarding the payment of the  Temple tax. Jesus tried to clarify to him that He is above those Laws by the fact that He is the Son of God. He is greater than the Temple and in fact He is the reason for the Temple. He is the object of worship in heaven who became the perfect Lamb of God to be the perfect sacrifice that would satisfy the justice of God for all ages. He taught them that submission to authority rather than rebellion is God’s way in the New Covenant. He demonstrated both His supremacy and His integrity through the provision of the tax money.

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