Mark Has Some Good News, Part 35, I Don't Care

Mark 9:

1 And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power."

The Transfiguration

2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 5 And Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." 6 For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7 And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is my beloved Son; listen to him." 8 And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.

9 And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean. 11 And they asked him, "Why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?" 12 And he said to them, "Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? 13 But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him."


Read Isaiah 53 as well


Sometimes it's good to sit back and watch God work in our lives. I can't imagine how Jesus must have felt during his life here on earth. Having been in the perfect community that is heaven with the Father and the Ghost. And to have come down, knowing what would happen to him. Knowing that pain and death and betrayal awaited his good deeds. But as His Father reaffirms his plans with him and give three men a glimpse at the glory that awaits them, Jesus says something amazing.

He says I don't care. Hidden in His words of instruction and warning he shows us something great. That he comes with full knowledge of what's about to happen and that takes character.

A strong man will survive a violent ordeal. Men and women who had the courage and fortitude to get through the wars, the plagues, the famines all show their scars and recount how tough it was but that they in fact made it through it all. A tough man can survive his dealings with evil. It takes a savior to choose to deal with it. To choose to come and have his heart wrenched by acts of kindness and healing, by feeding the hungry and freeing the demonically oppressed. Just to have his body broken in the most gruesome and painful way possible. A strong man would survive this, but a savior choose this for us.

Here we see Jesus' love and mettle that he would know what was about to happen in a few short chapters and still come down to us, for us.

Jesus' love us. Enough to go through hell to get to us, we should always keep that in mind that ours is a faith in sacrificial love. Where a Savior choose the low road for us instead of the high road for him.