Jesus is clear. Jesus says Amen (aka truly). I must get this. Jesus is emphatic.
What I wonder. What is He going to say? The kingdom of God has come! Jesus knows that He is going to die for us. Jesus also knows that He is going to defeat death and rise from the dead in an incorruptible body. Jesus is going to ascend to heaven and be the King of God’s country, sitting next to God in power. Jesus is going to give us the power of the Holy Spirit.
Now that is the power of the kingdom, which has already come.
Then he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God come in power.” | Mark 9:1
“Amen I tell you” emphasizes the truthfulness of this prediction. Along with its fulfillment, the prediction will demonstrate Jesus’ ability to forecast the future; and by taking place before the fulfillment of his earlier prediction of the passion and resurrection, the fulfillment of this present prediction will lend credibility to the earlier one. From now on, to counteract the scandal of the crucifixion Mark will capitalize on Jesus’ predictive power whenever he can.
Several interpretations have been suggested for the meaning of “the kingdom of God come with power”. It could mean:
- Jesus’ transfiguration
- Jesus’ resurrection and Ascension
- The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
- The destruction of Jerusalem by Rome in A.D. 70
- The second coming of Jesus the Messiah
So, which is it? Perhaps all of them. Clearly the first of these is the most reasonable view in this context. The specific time reference in the following account of Jesus’ transfiguration indicates that Mark understood a definite connection between Jesus’ prediction and this event. Jesus’ transfiguration was a striking preview and guarantee of His future coming in glory.
- Christian Standard Bible. (2017). (Mk 9:1–50). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
- Gundry, R. H. (2010). Commentary on the New Testament: Verse-by-Verse Explanations with a Literal Translation (p. 173). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.
- Grassmick, J. D. (1985). Mark. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 142). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.