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Mark 8:27-9:13 – Seeing the Kingdom: A Meditative Musing for Dec 5


…some standing here will see God’s kingdom come with power before you die. – Mark 9:1

Jesus said this just after Peter confessed Him to be the Christ and He Himself first told the Twelve He would go up to Jerusalem to suffer, die, and rise the third day.

Confessing Jesus as Christ, Peter acknowledged Him as the anointed king of God’s kingdom. When Jesus said he would die, Peter rebuked Jesus.  What he confessed was right, but he did not understand what the kingdom is.

Peter wanted earthly power. Jesus was preparing to suffer to make the world right as God had promised long before.

Jesus rebuked Peter sharply – and then told them all that if they would be His disciples, they must deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him. Yet, before they died, He said, you will see the kingdom.

A few days later, Jesus took three of them up the mountain where they saw his glory. That was a preliminary vision of the king in glory. On the mount, Jesus spoke of His coming departure with Moses and Elijah. On the way down the mountain He spoke again of His resurrection with the three, which they did not understand, and were afraid to ask.

In His coming death, resurrection, ascension, and sending of the Holy Spirit they would see the kingdom come in the power of the New Creation.

Do we live in its power? Or do we think the power is only for the next age?

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  1. The promised kingdom was and is the church which was begun and led by apostles of Jesus. Power is seen in that sins are remitted when sinners turn to Jesus as Lord and are immersed in water because of faith in Him. We each receive HIS Spirit to walk with us through the rest of our lives on earth. We are blessed and we are called to be a blessing to others because of our love for Jesus. Love is power. Whereas some think power consists of being able to require others to do things, Holy Spirit power enables US to do things to bless others. The more we love Jesus, the greater will be our ability to bless others by what we say and do.

    • Whereas some think power consists of being able to require others to do things, Holy Spirit power enables US to do things to bless others. The more we love Jesus, the greater will be our ability to bless others by what we say and do.

      Ray,

      That is well said! As N. T. Write wrote about the kingdom of God: “It is not the love of power, but the power of love.”

      Thanks for commenting!

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