And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.” Mark 9:1
“Truly” here is the word Amen, and it is used to call attention to a statement of pivotal importance.
What is of importance? That some of them will actually SEE the kingdom coming. The monumental thing that’s been foretold for ages will come to life before their very eyes!
It is the beginning of a new age. I love what I heard John Lennox, an Oxford scholar say in an intellectual discussion of Christianity — that the universe started with an inexplicable singularity, and Christianity started with a singularity as well — Christ inexplicably rising from the dead.
It gives me a vision of exponential growth. The universe burst forth and expanded with the Big Bang. A new age, the kingdom of God, burst forth with Christ. Death to self leads to our own powerful internal resurrection. We can have new hearts, a new identity as a child of God.
We can become the powerful continuation of the singularity of Christ.
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12:24
Just as Christ’s death brought forth a whole new age, our death to self can bring about salvation for those around us. Remember that Mark 9:1 is a continuation of the passage where Jesus tells his disciples they must deny self and take up their cross.
I keep wondering how I can help more people know God. Should I pray more? Invite more? Develop more programs? Hold a special event?
I think the answer is I need to die more.
Die to fear of what people will think. Die to lack of faith. Die to comfort, to doing what I want to do. I want to keep my ministry civilized, a little reaching out, a little loving others – nothing that will make my life too messy. I have to give myself to others more.
Because the word that is used for come in Mark 9 is not a one time occurrence kind of word. The way it’s used in the Greek means that the effects will linger. We STILL see the kingdom coming with power.
It’s funny. I don’t understand much about physics, but I read that many theorists believe that nothing existed before the singularity that created the universe. “Prior to the singularity, nothing existed, not space, time, matter, or energy – nothing.” (big-bang-theory.com)
Nothing is the counter intuitive goal for growth — to be the seed that dies to produce many seeds, to lose your life to gain your life, to die to self so others may live.
And here’s one more cool thing about a singularity — it’s defined as a one-dimensional point where the laws of physics as we know them cease to operate. (physicsoftheuniverse.com)
The laws of physics cease to operate. Impossibilities cease to exist. It reminds me that there is a place outside of physical limitations. God is not bound by space and time.
To me, that means that anything is possible!
Amen. Truly. Pay attention, this is of pivotal importance. We will SEE the kingdom of God continue to come with power.
The first step is just to die, to shrink in until there is nothing left of self, and everything left of God, to become a singularity with infinite potential.