Mark 9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 9:1-8 – The Transfiguration
TRANSFIGURATION, FAITH, GREATNESS,
[“Glory and Greatness”]
Key word: Humility
Mark 9:1-8 – The Transfiguration
|| Matthew 17:1-8; Luke 9:28-36
MK9:1 Now Jesus said to them: “I tell you this truth: Some of you standing here will not experience death until you have seen God’s Kingdom already ruling.” MK9:2 Six days later Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and lead them up into a lofty mountain where they were alone. Then he was transfigured before them, MK9:3 and his garments became dazzling white like snow, whiter than any human clothes cleaner could ever make them. MK9:4 Then they saw Elijah appear with Moses and they were talking with Jesus. MK9:5 Now Peter responded and asked Jesus: “Rabbi, it is outstanding we are all here together! Let us put up three tents – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah!” MK9:6 For Peter had no idea what to say for they were all so frightened. MK9:7 Then a cloud came and overshadowed them. And a Voice came from the cloud, saying: “This is my beloved Son! Listen to him!” MK9:8 And then suddenly when they looked around they saw no one but Jesus alone with them.
 Matthew 17:1-8: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
 Some of you standing here will not experience death: That is, will still be alive when.
 Until you have seen God’s Kingdom already ruling: These disciples would still be living when Christ begins his rule in fulfillment to Psalm 2:6, Psalm 110:1, and Daniel 7:13. Christ begins his rule upon his ascension to heaven in the year 33 AD. [1 Corinthians 15:24; Ephesians 1:19-22] Compare notes on Matthew 16:28 and Acts 13:33.
 Peter, James and John: It is the taking of these three that may later bring up the issue of “who is the greatest.” See notes below.
 Transfigured: Or, changed. The Greek is METAMORPHOTHE.
 Elijah appear with Moses: Many see these two as representing the Prophets and the Law respectively and their fulfillment in Christ. Others carry it further. See notes on Revelation 11:4-6.
 Son: That is, the created and begotten son of Proverbs 8:22-30. Elijah and Moses are not living beings here, for in Matthew it is called a “vision.”
 Listen to him: Or, hear, obey. This is the real purpose behind the whole transfiguration vision – to confirm to these three apostles the Sonship of Christ and God’s approval of him. The language echoes Psalm 2:6.
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