Yesterday in thinking on the title, ‘Son of Man’ I wrote of the revelation that Daniel saw. What he saw carried him through the darkest of times.
What Daniel saw, Jesus carried in his heart and mind. When he used the title Son of Man he was thinking of Daniel. In Matthew 26:64 as he was going through his trials and facing his death, “But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God” he is quoting this vision Daniel had.
“Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” (Matthew 16 v 28)
What are you seeing?
Some have said that when Jesus said some would not taste death he was referring to the end of the world. Others that he was referring to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70, or Pentecost. Matthew along with Luke and Mark place the transfiguration immediately after the first declaration by Jesus of his death and resurrection. Therefore, I think it is legitimate to think that ‘some’ (Peter, John and James) would not have to wait till they die to see everything, they would see the kingdom of God in this life and that is what Jesus was saying.
Peter would write about his experience later: “For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honour and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.” (2 Peter 1:16-18)
‘We were eyewitness of his majesty …’ they saw the kingdom of God on the face and body of Jesus. They were enveloped by the presence of God as the Law and the Prophets surrounded the Son of Man and they hear the perfect Word of God, the Torah of love. It was here on an ordinary mountain which became sacred that they experienced the Kingdom which would sustain them through the darkest of days as they laid their lives down for Christ. Within only a few years, James would be brutally killed by Herod for preaching the gospel. But he had seen the Kingdom.
We must have fresh encounters of God to carry the cross. This is what will sustain us.