The Mountain of Kingdom Power

Mark 9:1-13

And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

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.”

 

Do we believe that Jesus is God’s Son? If we do, what are the implications of that? Jesus has just gone through the three episodes indicating that He is the Messiah, His ministry is one of payment for sins by personal sacrifice, and that we are called to take up our cross as well. We will continue to see that the Disciples do not understand, appreciate or desire this ministry for Jesus. What is the cure for this lack of understanding? It is to be more and more convinced of Who He is. And to me, that is the meaning of this episode here. Look at the story. There are so many things in the story that connect it to God’s revelation in the past!

 

  1. Symbols of Revelation

 

  1. Revelation mountains

Mount Sinai: Moses and the law. Moses is the lens of the                     first five books. Even the stories in Genesis are conveyed                     through Moses!

Abraham’s mountain: The binding of Isaac is a key moment                 in salvation history. Adrian Rogers points out the ram is                       caught by the horns in a thicket.

Jesus’ mountain: Here Jesus goes up on a mountain and it’s                 like Sinai all over again!

 

  1. Revelation people

Moses and Elijah

The law and the prophets

The law: how you are to live in God’s world.

The prophets: ongoing evaluation and encouragement to                   follow the law

The apostles: these are the New Testament authors!

This is why the statement of verse 1: Power of the                              Kingdom.

Ephesians 2: 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 2

“Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God when it has come with power.”

All of those who have written down Scripture are represented      here! And the central topic of Scripture is here: Jesus.

 

 

  1. The glory of God

The glow is important. Moses glowed in the presence of God’s glory. This is God the Father manifesting Himself personally. This is quite rare. And this is quite important.

The cloud is important. God speaking. New covenant. New lens through which to understand our relationship with God. And it is going to inform the previous covenant obviously, because of Moses and Elijah. One covenant fulfills the other.

All of these symbols scream ultimate importance. What does God the Father say?

My son: Identity of Jesus

Beloved by me: Importance of Jesus to God

Listen to Him: Response of the individual. What is implied in listening to Jesus? Let’s consider that!!

 

  1. Listen to Him
  2. Jesus is the clearest revelation of God

John 1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

Colossians 1:

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Trinity is here!

 

  1. What God’s Word does

Genesis 1: 2 Now the earth was formless and emptydarkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said…

 

Job 40: 1The Lord said to Job:

“Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?
Let him who accuses God answer him!”

Then Job answered the Lord:

“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?
I put my hand over my mouth.
I spoke once, but I have no answer—
twice, but I will say no more.”

Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm:

“Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.

“Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?

 

Psalms 1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

 

Psalms 119: Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart—
they do no wrong    but follow his ways.

 

  1. What listening implies

* Paying attention so we can follow

* A recognition of humility and need

* A recognition of the chaos to be either experienced or                               avoided

Do they follow Moses and Elijah? Yes. Are they to follow                       Jesus? Yes. Is Jesus primary? Yes.

Jesus is primary to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and all of                 the prophets!

Jesus taught with authority. Jesus healed with authority.                      Jesus claims authority to forgive sins. Jesus cast out                            demons with authority. Jesus claimed all authority in                           heaven and on earth has been given to Him.

 

To sum up, Mark would say that Jesus had amazing                             authority.

 

Whatever else we do in life, we need to make more of Jesus and we need to guard against taking away any of His greatness and authority. Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, our only Savior and LORD! There is no man who compares to Him.

 

III. What are We Meant to Hear?

 

  1. Jesus Moses and Elijah

The law and the prophets are the Old Testament.

Jesus is the one that we listen to who helps us to relate properly to the Old Testament.

        The moral law will always be relevant because it is a reflection of the character of God which does not change! But, our relationship to the law and to righteousness must be understood!

Why don’t we kill people because of their sin?

(A conversation I watched recently between Muslims and Christians) Leviticus indicates that there are many offenses that make people worthy of death!  How does Jesus inform these death sentences?

  1. All fall under the death penalty of sin

The wages of sin is death

All are sinful. There is none righteous; no, not one!

The law is a teacher that brings us to Christ. (Galatians)                      What the law teaches us is that we need a sacrifice that                       cares for our need. Large portions of the book of Hebrews                    deals with this issue. Romans 3, Ephesians 2 etc.

 

 

  1. Jesus fulfills the law

Romans 1: 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[e] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

II Corinthians 5: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

He pays the penalty for our sin. He dies so that we don’t. He gives us life now so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. This is what He does. The purpose of the law is to bring people into the blessing of God. Israel did a terrible job keeping the law. We do a terrible job keeping the law. All of the Bible heroes are flawed. Why are they presented in this way?

 

  1. Jesus is greater than the law

Greater ability to reconcile people to God

Greater ability to make people righteous

Greater ability to give life

The obvious plan of God for the giving of His blessing to      mankind.

Gal 3: He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Ephesians 1 summary statement:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,