Mk.9:1 – Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, there are some standing here now who won’t experience death until they see God’s kingdom realm manifest with power!”
I love the Spirit of prophecy. It transcends time and space having multiple applications. Often times people miss a prophetic event because of pre-supposed beliefs about how things are going to pan out. In today’s verse we see the prophetic word of Jesus fulfilled in multiple application. Brian Simmons points this out in his comments on this verse.
“This manifestation of the power of God’s kingdom realm could be seen in three dimensions. (1) Beginning with, the kingdom power of God was seen in Jesus’ transfiguration and the appearing of Moses and Elijah on the mountain. (2) Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into glory inaugurated a new era of God’s kingdom power. (3) The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, which brought to birth the church of Jesus Christ, and extended God’s kingdom realm to all the earth.”
First, this word was fulfilled when Jesus appeared in glory on the Mount of Transfiguration. When Jesus appeared with Elijah and Moses it was a picture of the coming kingdom. Some of the disciples experienced that moment fulfilling His words. Secondly the disciple witnessed the resurrection of Jesus. They met with Him multiple times before His ascension. They also witnessed the ascension itself as Jesus became the first resurrected man to enter into glory. Finally, the disciples saw the prophetic word of Jesus fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit fell on thousands of people on the Day of Pentecost. Suddenly, multitudes were caught up in the Holy Spirit experiencing this new kingdom life. The kingdom of God had come and the followers of Jesus were right in the middle of it.
How do these prophetic words effect us in our day to day world right now? This is actually the very heart of the Christian life and is the center of the conflict and tension we feel in the Body of Christ today. Christianity is not just a belief system and a promise for eternity. It is also not a way to live our so called best life now – living the way we want and enjoying God’s physical benefits. Christianity is life itself. It’s connecting with this kingdom life that Jesus displayed and promised to us. It is the life of the Spirit, experiencing the power of Pentecost in our everyday world. It is His kingdom realm manifest in power.