29 April 2019 – Mark 9:9-13 (NIV)

Scripture

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.

11 And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

12 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? 13 But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”

Reflection

Peter, James and John had just witnessed the transfiguration and hearing the voice coming from the clouds declaring: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

But why is it that Jesus tells them not to tell anyone until He had risen from the dead? Some commentaries say that until then they would not fully understand what they had just seen. In the same way, we need to first receive the revelation of His Word and Truth before we can share it with others. How powerful is the witness of those who have experienced Him!

Intrigued, the 3 disciples kept on wonderingabout Jesus’ words. As they kept on asking Jesus questions, Jesus reveals that Elijah has come (he was talking about John the Baptist, who came to prepare the way for Jesus- confronting people’s evil ways and preaching repentance). In a short period of time they would learn that what has been written would come to pass. Jesus would suffer much and be rejected.

May we not only read about Jesus, but receive the revelation of His Word and Truth in our own lives, so that we can be true witnesses of His Love and Grace (Su).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray for courage; pray for opportunities to be courageously generous, loving and gracious to those around you today.

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Con Loggenberg is the Discipleship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF). He holds a B.Sc. degree and a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying, a B.Th. (Hons) degree in Biblical Studies and a M.Th. degree in Theology. He and his Texan wife, twin boys and daughter live in Shanghai, China.