Following yesterday’s rhetorical question about God’s sovereignty here is another rather funny incident where Jesus asks a very similar rhetorical question.
“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23, 24 NIV)
Can’t you just hear the almost sarcasm in Jesus his voice when he says if you can? This is in response to this question from a demon possessed boy’s father.
But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us. (Mark 9:22 NIV)
It is almost like you can hear Jesus’ frustration with the people he is around. It’s like he wants to say “people don’t you remember God can do anything! Of course I can heal this boy!”
And of course he can still do anything, because he is in control. Oh to have the faith to actually believe that!