There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power– Some, but not all of the disciples would witness the church grow exponentially. James, would be the first of them to suffer martyrdom, while his brother John, would live the longest, and is believed to have died a natural death, after the establishment of the early churches.
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John– his inner circle. He was transfigured before them– showed himself in a different manner, one they had not seen before. Moses and Elijah appeared, talking with Jesus, not preaching to or revealing to as they had to men, but talking with him. We too can talk with God, as our friend. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah– Sometimes in the midst of wonder and fear we may speak to quickly. Peter knew it was good for them to witness, and wanted to honor it in some way, but it came out foolish. The dwelling for God was in Jesus. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud,“This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” -Listen to him above all others. Jesus as the Son of God, the part that the author could barely wait to reveal.
But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased– John the Baptist.
So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able– not for lack of trying, only lack of faith. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy– in fear, recognizing Jesus. The boy had been suffering for years, this was no staged incident. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us– Desperation again turns us to Christ . ‘If you can’ – Of course Jesus can, he has the power to do the impossible, but our faith is required. Help my unbelief!– assist me against any shred of doubt that I may have.
What were you discussing on the way? Jesus is well aware of our grumblings and arguments. But they kept silent– They were shamed and embarrassed of the subject of their argument. And he sat down and called the twelve– to mediate the discussion, gently. If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all– If only all our leaders would live in such a way, our political leaders, our work managers, our church leaders.
No one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me– It serves the greater purpose of testimony of Christ.