On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astonished at the majesty of God.
But while they were all marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.” But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, so that they might not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
Two things; one, it would soon be up to them to carry the burden of the message, to be the light, the means God would use to bring His message of faith and hope to mankind. These men were placed in a unique position in God’s plan for mankind. Two, after the experience on the mountain and now his statement of impending betrayal, they do not speak of it, nor do they ask about any of what has been said and done. Curious for a group of men who often displayed behavior that was impulsive and full of the desire to know what others could not grasp.
Today’s generation is no different, a perverse, unbelieving generation as one translation puts it. Today’s believers can still be guilty of playing the part of the ostrich; head in the sand and not desiring to know the truth in the Word.
God said, “Listen to Him”; and Jesus said, ” Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you.” The questions remain; do we desire to know, are we listening? Let these words sink into your ears, Jesus talks to us about betrayal, are we surprised that His message today is still despised in many places? It did not stop Him. He continued to the cross for us, for mankind, for any who would receive. Can we do any less? Adversity will not stop our desire to know Him and our determination to continue the work of God, the spread of His message. We will rise above the adversity we face each day and show His love to those who cross our paths.