Vs. 1, “And he said to them, “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” Jesus was talking about the very next event we see in this chapter, the Transfiguration (vs. 2-12). In a way, this was Jesus’ moment of validation and preperation before he would enter into Jerusalem. It is not coincidence or bad luck that Jesus would come back down from the mountain to see all the chaos in the valley. The people were agruing (vs. 14) and there was a poor boy who was demon-possessed. When Jesus casted out the demon, It’s interesting to note that it wasn’t just a command to the demon, but Jesus had to also pray (vs. 29). Instead of rebuking the disciples about their selfish desires for greatness in the midst of our Lord’s anguish…Jesus patiently teaches them about kingdom truths (vs. 33-37). We also see a twinge a jealousy from the disciples that Jesus quenches from their emotion (vs. 38-41). And lastly, We must realize the ultimate ending of those who have turned from God and do our best to further his kingdom (vs. 42-50).
Regarding application…Everything is Possible! Vs. 23, “If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Question: How is everything possible? If you believe. At some point, we all must make a leap of faith in trusting completely in Jesus. And don’t misunderstand what Jesus is implying here. The context shows us that the disciples lacked faith in carrying out something under the umbrella of “God’s Will”. “Everything” certainly than corresponds to that which would be under the realm of what God can do and will do through us. This is not some magic, hocus pocus…wave a wand like Harry Potter. God does not answer our beckon call like genie in a bottle. But, God can do things our doubt may think is impossible! Question: What are things in your life that seem impossible? God is bigger than all of our troubles. Cast your burden’s upon the Lord and He wil lift you up!