As a mathematician, inventor, and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, Mike Slay brings an analytical, conversational, and even whimsical approach to the daily study of God's Word.
People are scared or even offended by Jesus’s power. He keeps who He is a secret, while doing things that, in retrospect, will make it obvious. This is all part of preparing his disciples for what’s coming. Some of the events are actually clever exercises for them.
Jesus gives them an advanced lesson.
Jesus can't let anything get in the way of getting crucified.
He casts out a demon and all the people of the surrounding country ask Him to leave.
Jesus needs to keep that a secret for now.
Why are they so impressed this time?
They didn't say, "now."
This passage is easy as long as you duck the predestination issues.
Status doesn't impress Jesus.