Sunday, April 12, 2015


Sunday, April 14, 2015, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 43

(This is a series of sermonettes on The Gospel According To Mark. )

(Ed Cooper is an ordained Elder and minister in the Christian Church/Churches of Christ which are a part of the Restoration Movement started in Appalachia in the early 1800’s. Ed started preaching as a teenager in the village churches around Mashoko Mission, Zimbabwe, Africa when he was there with his parents in the early 1960’s.)

SCRIPTURE for Today: Mark 9:1-13 King James Version (KJV)
9 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.
2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.
5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
6 For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.
7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
8 And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.
9 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.
10 And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.
11 And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?
12 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.
13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.
SERMON for Today:

Mark 9:1 may be one of the hardest verses in the entire New Testament to understand if one does not take time to think it through.  The writers Matthew (16:28), Luke (9:27) and Mark all record Jesus saying about the same thing.  Some folks would have us believe that Jesus made a prediction that did not come to pass.  They claim Jesus was talking about His second coming.  However, if you take in to account that Mark's Gospel was most likely written forty years after the death of Jesus and Matthew and Luke even later then you would know that the writers would have to have been recording a false statement by Jesus to say they meant to say Jesus was talking of His second coming.  They would have known the world had not had the big event predicted to happen at His second coming. The Gospel writers must have known He was speaking of something else.

It is much more likely they were recording a prophecy Jesus was making about His resurrection and victory over death that brought in the Kingdom of God on earth.  People who have an agenda to catch inaccuracies in the New Testament do not look for logical answers or explanations for things that seem puzzling. If you look carefully at and think through His words you will not find any inaccuracies.

The next 12 verses of Mark are about what we call the Transfiguration of Jesus.  This story can only be understood in light of verse one.  Jesus is showing three of his disciples that He is the Messiah and giving them a preview of His glory.  As usual they get only part of it and are mostly in the dark.  Many of us today are like the disciples before the Day of Pentecost.  We simply do not know what to make of the person we call Jesus.

The fact of Jesus’ victory over death means we can have life, but we have to live like we believe the fact He had that victory in order to have the win ourselves.   

PRAYER for Today: Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

© Ed Cooper, April 12, 2015, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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