Snappy Jesus!

Posted: November 2, 2011 in Church, The Word
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Matthew 17:14-21

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied,“how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

After I read this I have one pretty strong initial reaction. Jesus ain’t messin’ around!! After I read verse 17 I’m like, “daggggg on Jesus, getting harsh!” Looking at verse 17 kinda surprised me about Jesus, I’m not gonna lie. But I think this gives us an awesome picture of his leadership over the disciples.

As harsh as it looks like he was in verse 17, Jesus then goes on in verses 20 and 21 to encourage the disciples. Jesus first gave them what they needed to hear, not what they wanted to hear, THEN he encouraged them. Truth first, then encouragement. 

I think all leaders can take this from Jesus’ example and begin applying it. Give your people what they need to hear first. Give them truth. And THEN encourage them. Then push them along.

Truth first, then encouragement.

Hope this helps you guys,

 

Nate

 

 

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