Summary: Peter, James , and John were blessed to journey with Jesus up on the Mount of Transfiguration. They experienced much there, but learned that Jesus alone was enough!
His Glory Revealed
Mark 9: 1-8
As we continue through the gospel of Mark, I want to offer a reminder that the breakdown of Scripture in specific chapters and verses was not an act of divine inspiration. The chapter and verse divisions were added by the translators for ease of Bible reading, study, and memorization. We cannot separate the opening verses of chapter nine from the preceding verses in chapter eight. Verse one is a continuation of the conversation Jesus had with the disciples.
Consider what Jesus had just shared with His disciples. He had revealed that He would be betrayed and die at the hands of sinful men. Jesus had offered hope through His assurance of resurrection, but this seems to have fallen on deaf ears. He followed the revelation of His coming death and resurrection with a challenge for the disciples to take up their cross and follow Him. Clearly this was a sobering and shocking conversation for the disciples. Knowing of their dismay and confusion, Jesus offers a word of hope.
We all face difficult seasons in life, times when we are at a loss and unsure of our next move. There are even struggles so intense that the very foundations of our faith can be challenged. In those times of uncertainty and despair, Jesus always provides a word of assurance and hope. I hope you will discover the assurance revealed in this passage and hold on to the truth it teaches as you face the struggles of life. I want to examine the details of this encounter as we consider: His Glory Revealed.
I. The Proclamation of Jesus (1) – And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. Keep in mind, Jesus had just spoken of His coming death and the need for them to bear their cross and follow Him. He followed those sobering words with a promise of some of them seeing the kingdom of God come in power before they died. No doubt this brought great comfort and assurance to the bewildered disciples.
For some, this verse has been a source of confusion and debate. The Lord has not returned to earth yet to establish His kingdom. We are some 2,000 years beyond His speaking these words. All of those present that day have long since died. Some liberals contend that Jesus was confused and unsure about the events surrounding and following His death. Such an attitude attacks the deity of Christ and cannot be defended as anything other than pure heresy. While it is true that Jesus has not returned, and the disciples all died before His second coming, we must understand the event of which Jesus spoke. He was not referring to His second coming to establish the Millennial Kingdom, but rather His glorious transfiguration which would take place in a few days after these words. Those disciples would see the kingdom of God, Christ Himself, standing in radiant, unhidden glory.
II. The Transfiguration of Jesus (2-4) – Along with Matthew and Luke, Mark records the glorious transfiguration of Jesus before the disciples. Consider: