I believe, help my unbelief
I had just bought my favourite Teochew-style fish carpaccio and mince pork congee from Maxwell Food Centre and was driving home when Jesus spoke.
Who is the ‘you’ in the passage ‘If you can, all things are possible to him who believes’?
What kind of question was this, I wondered. “You, Lord?” I answered. “Correct”, Jesus replied.
And the ‘him’ in ‘to him who believes’?
“You again, Lord?” I replied, and I felt him smile.
All this while I had the impression that my belief was crucial for God’s work to happen, but Jesus turned this right on its head.
I was excited for, if what I was hearing was true, this would count as another encounter with Jesus, a new revelation. However, I feared these thoughts could also be mere figments of my imagination.
I raced to check the Bible when I got home. I had read Mark 9:23 and heard it preached many times. I always understood ‘you’ and ‘him’ to refer to Man. Consequently, ‘you’ and ‘him’ also referred to me: all things are possible to me so long as I believe.
But was this really what Jesus meant?