Jesus’ disciples have failed to help a distressed family. So the father comes to Jesus himself. His son has been suffering all through his life with a serious condition which a malicious spirit is using to abuse the lad. Can Jesus do anything about it? He can. But Jesus also sees a teaching moment, where an important lesson about faith may be taught to his disciples and the surrounding crowd. A lesson in the weakness of humanity and our complete need of God’s strength. A truth which they will soon see in the most powerful way of all, in the fearful circumstances that are coming to the greatest Father and Son, when Jesus is crucified.
And here is a short talk based on the same passage: He Changed The World (Episode 35)