The Kingdom Coming With Power (part I) Mark 9:1-4
I. A Glorious Promise (read verse 1)
The Messiah’s mission was not only about suffering. It was about suffering for the sake of everlasting, heavenly glory afterward. We are not destined to suffer forever.
It was mentioned that there was a beautiful glory in the sufferings and death of Christ (John 12:23 &13:31). How so?
Please Discuss the following verse from My Jesus I Love Thee by William R. Featherston
I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree;
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
Yet, Christ had come from the glories of heaven and through His sufferings would purchase the everlasting glory that would come later. Some of the disciples would have a foretaste this coming glorious kingdom (the kingdom has come and yet we are still awaiting its final manifestation).
Some solid evangelicals have thought that the promise of Mark 9:1 was fulfilled in the events of Christ’s resurrection, the Spirit’s work on Pentecost, and the Gospel being spread in power among the nations. While this is not the view taken here, it is worth being a part of the discussion and is well within the bounds of orthodoxy.
We do know that Jesus was not talking about His second coming. Why? (A: All the disciples tasted death and they did not experience the second coming while they were alive. We still await His glorious appearing!)
The promise of Christ would be fulfilled in the next verses. All three of the synoptic Gospels record this event in the same context: promise and swift fulfillment (Matthew 17 & Luke 9).
II. A Terrifying Fulfillment (read verses 2-4)
Jesus took His inner circle up to a high mount and was gloriously changed, transformed before them.
Discuss the following texts: Psalm 104:1&2, Daniel 7:9, and Revelation 1:14
What is Christ revealing about Himself to His disciples?
What does the appearance of Elijah and Moses signify?
Discuss the following:
- death in light of their appearance,
- their unique passings (II Kings 2:11 and Deuteronomy 34:6), and
- the Biblical categories they represent (see Matthew 5:17).
To be continued...
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