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December 13, 2017

Posted: December 13, 2017

Devotion for Your Day

by Greg Nonweiler

Mark 9:9-13

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what "rising from the dead" meant. And they asked him, "Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?" Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him."

Throughout the gospel of Mark, we see glimpses of the true ignorance of the disciples, more so than in any of the other gospels. Here again, as they descend the mountain with Jesus the three question what this "rising from the dead" might mean. One would have to wonder if any of them have paid any attention during their time with the teacher Jesus. They had been with him to see the miracles, had heard his teachings and the predictions, yet they failed to understand the meanings on most levels. We have to believe that they understood that Christ would establish his kingdom on earth. Their question to Jesus about Elijah, based on their teachings, would lead them to believe that it would have something to do with the end times.

We think we have an understanding, and maybe even take for granted, the idea of the resurrection because it has been the basis of our Christian faith from the beginning of time. However, how many of us are no different than the disciples? We attend worship, bible study, spend personal time alone in the word and listening for the Father's voice; yet do we really understand or grasp the full meaning of the day that Christ will "rise from the dead"? I know that I do not have the answers, and I am no different than the disciples. What I do know, is that if I trust in the Holy Spirit as my guide and Jesus Christ as my savior, when the resurrection happens I will have no worries.

Father, give me the strength to walk in the light of Jesus and to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit throughout this journey. Help me to gain understanding and grow daily. Amen.

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