This is a leadership training moment. Jesus comes down from the mountain, and the disciples can’t cast a demon out of a child. How can that be? Jesus has already given them authority to cast out demons (Matt 10:8), and they have already had experience casting them out – so what is the problem? Christ tells them they don’t have enough faith – they need to grow more.
Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain so they could see who He truly is – He was revealed to them with the glory of the Spirit and the voice of the Father. Moses and Elijah – the Law and the Prophets, two men who had unique “deaths”, two men who saw God’s glory – are there talking with the Lord. Peter, James, and John had a chance to grow in their faith – to get more faith – to understand who Jesus is, and the power we have in Him.
They come down the mountain to a sad scene – a ministry fiasco. That is so often what it is like after a mountaintop experience. Jesus helps the boy, casts out the demon, and trains the apostles, the future leaders of the church. They need more faith – so that they can do more things with Jesus and for Jesus.
As Christian leaders, we need more faith. We need more time with God every day. We need to see Him revealed, hear His voice, know who He truly is. We need to be filled with His love and power, and we need to come down off the mountain and help the world in His name.
How is God trying to grow your faith right now?