Mark 9:23-24 – “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” NIV
Jesus is still dealing the boy who is demon possessed and his father. The father has just answered Jesus’ previous question as to how long the boy has been this way, and he adds, “…But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” (Mark 9:22 – NIV) This remark elicits Jesus’ rhetorical question and following statement.
Jesus was asserting that He certainly could, but seeking to know if the father believed that He could heal his son. The father’s reply is a reply that many followers of Jesus have uttered over the years. In theory we believe that Jesus is capable of anything, but we sometimes doubt if He is able to work in our specific situation. Continue reading