God’s Kingdom Established
Key Verse: Luke 9:27
“I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Kingdom of God.”
Additional Reading: Luke 9:27-36
Our Key Verse for today has been a mystery to many. The most popular opinion seems to be that Jesus was talking about the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God. This opinion says that it means Jesus will return, destroy all evil, and set up the Eternal Kingdom of God.
However, it’s obvious that no one standing there listening to Jesus is lived to see that happen, as it would seem Jesus was predicting. That can’t be what Jesus was saying.
The scholars that I have read give this opinion on what Jesus was saying: some standing there would see the “firm establishment and progress of the new covenant”. In other words, there would be people still alive that would witness how this early band of believers would turn into a mighty army of God’s New Testament Church.
None of them got to see what we see, a worldwide spreading of God’s Church. However, they certainly could see that God was building a great earthly presence of believers that would spread the Good News of the Gospel.
The balance of the suggested Additional Reading section of scripture for today deals with the Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray. That would be a prayer meeting that they would never forget! As Jesus was praying, His face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white.
Stop for a moment and think about what it would be like to be one of the disciples that witnessed this transformation.
The scripture says that these three disciples had fallen asleep, and it was when they woke up that they saw the glory of this transformation. These men saw two other men standing with Jesus and somehow knew that these two men were Moses and Elijah. The only answer would be that God open their eyes to their identity. A cloud overshadowed them and a voice from the cloud said: “This is my Son, my Chosen One, Listen to him”. The scripture says that all this caused the Peter, John, and James to be filled with “terror”! I can understand that feeling, how about you?
Once Jesus was alone with the disciples, they descended from the mountain. No one told about this sacred moment in their lives until later.
I hope your faith is strengthened by the thought of God’s voice confirming Jesus as the Son of God. And I hope you will ‘listen’ to Jesus via the Scriptures that have been preserved for us to read and study Jesus’ teachings!
Father, with your help, I will obey the teachings of your Son, the Chosen One. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.