Today in Mark we look at Mark 9:9-13:
The Coming of Elijah
9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean. 11 Then they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 12 He said to them, “Elijah is indeed coming first to restore all things. How then is it written about the Son of Man, that he is to go through many sufferings and be treated with contempt? 13 But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written about him.”
Today in our reading, we see the disciples continue to struggle to understand what it is that Jesus is doing. They don’t understand that it means about Him being raised from the dead. That’s not their idea of what a Messiah should do. They don’t understand who Elijah was in reference to Jesus. They don’t understand what it is that God is doing. They don’t get what is happening.
You kind of hurt for them. I mean, they wanted to understand. They left everything to follow Jesus. If’s always easy for us to make fun of the disciples for not getting it. But think about the faith they had. They didn’t get it. They didn’t understand. But they still left everything and followed. Because while they didn’t understand everything that Jesus was doing or saying, you know what? They knew that Jesus was life.
Wow, what a testimony of faith. What a testimony of being faithful when they didn’t understand.
Faith is often the most strong when we don’t understand, but we still follow.
Today, even when we don’t understand, may we have that faith.
Tomorrow we’ll look at Mark 9:14-29.
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