Matthew 17:17-18, “Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil: and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.”
I don’t think we really have a true concept of how dramatic these events were. Sometimes, the art I find seems a bit too much. This one comes under that category. Then I studied it more carefully, and decided to use it. This was an epic battle between Jesus and Satan. It wasn’t just a little skirmish. It was huge, because it involved the life and soul of the young man who was possessed. It also could have been a breaking point for at least some of the disciples, who could not cure him. It was a test of the father’s faith. It was a direct, public confrontation between absolute holiness and absolute evil.
Today, we are still seeing direct confrontation by Satan against God and His church. As we drift more and more to worldliness and “culturalism” in our churches, Satan gets a stronger hold all the time. God has called us not to be a part of the world, but to come out from the world and be separate, different, peculiar. The lie is that we can reach the lost by doing what they do and using worldly styles and methods to reach them. It’s sort of like getting people off heroin by offering them methadone. It’s replacing one unhealthy thing for something a little less unhealthy.
To clarify, what I mean by culturalism has nothing to do with race. It is simply the idea that we have to appeal to the popular culture in order to reach people with the gospel. That’s a very dangerous path to travel. There are way too many movies and songs being put out there as “Christian” that twist the truth of the Word of God to make it more appealing.
If we’re not careful, we’ll be just as powerless as the disciples were.
Jesus wasted few words and even less time in healing the boy. He rebuked Satan, and the demon left.