You would think that after showing the glory of heaven to the disciples that there would be great joy in this. Finally, a kingdom that they could embrace, and see. A kingdom that manifests the glory of the Lord. However, this is not how the kingdom is manifested with the disciples at all. So, why is it in the midst of what appears to be the disciples flailing that the kingdom is still working? Why does Mark include this story in HIs narrative?
You would think that Christ would figure out that if he just worked with the leaders of Israel a little bit then His life would be easier. So, why does Christ purposely dine with unclean people after having been rebuked? Why not just give a little sign when he is asked for a sign? Why such a harsh warning for His disciples?
We might wonder from time to time why Jesus does all these miracles and theatrics. Why not just tell us the point? Why not just live, die, and be raised? Why these miracles for a time? What is the purpose behind these miracles? Why does Jesus feed 5000 people with 5 loaves and two fish?
When we talk about the Christian life so often we want something that is radical to happen. For instance, we want to see a man who has not walked in years to all of a sudden get up a walk. This is why miracle workers are so profitable. There is no doubt in my mind that the people who had their ailments truly taken away in the power of Christ are those who had a deep appreciation for His ministry as their physical discomfort was removed once for all. However, do we really understand the true ailment in the Christian life? Do we as humans really see our ailments and short comings? So, how do we really experience the miracle of healing?