2021 March 1
Mark 9:23 has many translations and interpretations. The story is about a man who has brought his son to Jesus to receive healing of a “mute spirit” that causes the boy to convulse and foam at the mouth, to be thrown into both fire and water. The father reports that Jesus’ disciples have been unable to help, saying (Mark 9:22b) “But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Mark 9:23 is Jesus response, written in several ways, but the object is the same.
NKJV Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
NLT “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
NET Then Jesus said to him, “’If you are able?’ All things are possible for the one who believes.”
DBY And Jesus said to him, The ‘if thou couldst’ is if thou couldst believe: all things are possible to him that believes.
Our response likely reflects the dad’s: “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
What’s impossible in your life right now? MAYBE the greatest obstacle to our Savior’s healing is not the situation; maybe it’s our faith. Lord, I believe…….
Pastor Lisa Bosworth