Building a Case

  1. Message: As we have been reading through the gospels I have noticed thatJesus was constantly bringing up things that were previously prophesied  to happen, and then fulfilling him just a short time after. Every time Jesus would perform a miracle or fulfill something prophetic he would tell them not to tell anyone about it. Almost every time it mentioned that the people would immediately go and tell. In Mark 9 something changes. Jesus tells the disciples that a few of them would see the power of heaven before they die. Six days later he took Peter, James and John up to the mountain and was transfigured in front of them, and if that wasn’t enough, they also saw Moses and Elijah, and to really blow their minds they heard the voice of God confirm Jesus as his son. When it was over Jesus told them not to tell anyone…until  he is raised from the dead. This is the first time I have noticed him saying that last bit, and this time they obeyed and didn’t tell anyone. I always wondered why he told all of those people not to tell anyone. It never made since until this little line caught my attention…”until he is raised from the dead”. The disciples didn’t even know what he was talking about but now I see that he was building a case that would mean something when he actually rose from the grave. He made sure that his death prediction was recorded and he left evidence all over the place will each miracle so that after the resurrection people will believe. In spite of all of that, the people who knew about the prophecies in the ancient scriptures the most, missed all of these details.
  2. Command: Don’t miss it!!
  3. Promise: God will fulfill every prophecy and will put the pieces together.
  4. Warning: Don’t get sow caught up in religion that we miss it!
  5. Application: After I read this I sat and thought about so many things in my life that have pieced together evidence. It’s so easy to miss!

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