March 02, 2018: SOAP #3011: Numbers 30-31; Mark 9 Scripture:  Mark (NIV) 9:9 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. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” […]

March 02, 2018: SOAP #3011: Numbers 30-31; Mark 9

Scripture:  Mark (NIV) 9:9 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. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.
31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.”

Observation:    Jesus did not say that they should not tell until after He died, but until after He had 'risen from the dead.'   He did not point them to the struggle, but to the victory!   When He mentioned the struggle (vs. 31) He did not leave them contemplating the struggle, but the victory on the other side!

Application:   For every struggle, God has victory.   And when I 'struggle' with death, I am assured victory on the other side!    My life will not end with the struggle; it will continue in victory beyond the grave!     My earthly body will die; but to be 'absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!'

My faith in God's word can keep me living in victory even when experiencing the struggle!     This world is not my home.   My struggle in this body is only temporary.

Prayer:      Heavenly Father, as You created the caterpillar to be a temporary house for the beautiful butterfly, so have created me with eternity in mind.   As the butterfly is released from the cocoon, so will I be released from this flesh to live in Your presence!      Amen

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!