Okay. So here’s the deal.
At the beginning of this chapter, YESHUA called His disciples together, having been well-trained I believe, He commissioned them and gave them authority, and sent them out.
He gave them authority to cast out demons and to heal sick people.
(JESUS here gave authority to His disciples to cast out demons.
JESUS did this!
For JESUS to do this He must know there are demons to be cast out. So I wonder why so many Christian Folk today act like demons have gone on a permanent vacation from inhabiting people. But that wasn’t my point so I’ll get back to it now 🙂 )
And when all this GOOD NEWS began circulating, so did some TALK.
7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening; and he was greatly perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead, 8 and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen. source
So get this!
Herod and some others found it more palatable to believe that John the Baptizer or Elijah had been raised from the dead than to believe that YESHUA was The Messiah who had come to deliver them.
So, if in Chapter 9 they believed people could be raised from the dead, why then when YESHUA was raised from the dead on the Third Day after His execution, did they refuse to believe?
Do you know people like that today?
They would rather believe any sort of craziness rather than believe THE ONE TRUE GOD came here to this messed up world so He could deliver us and save us from sin, death, hell, and the grave.
Let’s make this Friday a productive one.