already – not yet

October 2015 (11)Mark 9:1-4

1 And he said to them, “I guarantee you, there are some standing here who will not experience death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.” 2 Then, six days later, Jesus took Peter and James and John with him, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4 And Elijah with Moses appeared before them, discussing something with Jesus.

already – not yet

Mark’s Gospel makes it clear that Jesus was not referring to his second coming here. He was referring to his transfiguration, which revealed to his disciples that he was the kingdom – come in power. The vision which demonstrated this fact also showed Elijah and Moses discussing something with Jesus. We do not know exactly what they said. But we can be sure it was not about Elijah and Moses. Jesus is the already.

Your life is full of “not yets.” The most prominent “not yet” of all our lives is the return of Christ. When that happens, it will reshape all of us. But we can get a head start of that future reality by shaping our lives according to the Jesus of Scripture. Living like he told us to live, and focusing our efforts on reaching people for him – that is the message of the transfiguration. When the vision was over all the disciples saw was Jesus. He is enough.

LORD, show us how to shape our lives according to Jesus – the already.


About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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