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Mark 9.11-13
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.”
What happened on the Mount of Transfiguration was a confirmation of the testimony Peter gave (see Mark 9.27-29). But it was also a revelation of the glory of the Cross. First the suffering, then the glory. Satan offers you glory without suffering (see Matthew 4.8–10), but it ends up suffering without glory.

But even with this in mind, this question posed a real problem for the disciples. Elijah had to appear to set things right before the Messiah came. If all is set right, why this talk about suffering, death, resurrection, and glory? The incongruity baffled them. Yet Jesus discussed their questions with them.

Is it permissible to question the Bible? To talk about incongruities? To ask for answers? Jesus apparently thought so because He answered the question with another of His own, an even more direct approach to the riddle of the Messiah’s suffering. Then He gave an astounding declaration that forced the disciples to acknowledge His divine authority.

Before those seeking Christ are fully persuaded, they may have many questions. Many people need time to process and absorb all the new realizations about Jesus. As you share your testimony and God’s Word with others, allow them time for discussion and regard each question as significant as you lead them to faith.

Pastor Jeff
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