Three disciples question about the transfiguration

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Blindness

On the way down from the mountaintop experience, Jesus commands these three disciples not to tell anyone what they had  seen “till the Son of Man be risen  from the dead” (v.9). It would not really be understood until after the resurrection, which would be proof that Jesus was truly the Son of God. These disciples had been so completely schooled in the idea that the Messiah would set up His kingdom on earth that they could not take in what Jesus had said (v. 10). The disciples still had to learn what Messiahship meant. There was only one thing that could teach them that—the Cross and the Resurrection to follow. When the Cross had taught them what Messiahship meant and when the Resurrection had convinced them that Jesus was the Messiah, then, and then only, could they tell of the glory of the mountain top.

Probably because of just seeing Elijah on the mountain these disciples questioned Jesus as to why the scribes say that Elijah “must come first” (v.11). The Jews believed that before the Messiah would come, Elijah would come as a forerunner (Mal: 4:5,6). He answered them by saying that Elijah had come (vv. 12-13). It appears that He was referring to the imprisonment of John the Baptist at the hands of Herod (Matt. 17:11-13) and that he had fulfilled the role prophesied for Elijah. He  leaves them with the question that if they have done this to the forerunner, what will they do to the Messiah. As we can see later on they still did not understand.

Application

I need to be careful that I am not blind to what God wants to do in and through my life because I have already decided how I want things to turn out. It is so easy to be blind to the truth when I already have a preconceived idea of how I want certain things to be.

Mark 9:9-13 (English Standard Version)

And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean. And they asked him, "Why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?" And he said to them, "Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him."

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