The Kingdom of God With Power
(1) And Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: There are some standing here who will not die until they see the kingdom of God has come with power.”
Jesus’ Appearance Changes
Mark 9:2-13 (Matthew 17:1-13; Luke 9:28-36)
(2) Six days later Jesus led Peter, James, and John up a tall Galilean mountainside (possibly Mount Hermon). While they were there alone, Jesus’ appearance was changed (transfigured) in front of them. (3) His clothes became blazing white, whiter than any tailor in the world could bleach them.
(4) And suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking to Jesus. (5) Peter said to Jesus, “Teacher (Rabbi), it is good for us to be here together. I can put up three tents—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (6) Peter did not know what to say, because the disciples were so terrified.
(7) Then a cloud appeared and covered them (possibly the presence of God), and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” (8) Suddenly, when they looked around, they saw no one with them except Jesus.
(9) As they were walking down the mountainside, Jesus told them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man (see Daniel 7:13-14) had risen from the dead. (10) The disciples did not tell anyone, but asked each other, “What does ‘rising from the dead’ mean?”
(11) And the disciples asked Jesus, “Why do the teachers of the law of Moses say that Elijah must come first?” (12) Jesus said to them, “It is true, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer and be rejected? (13) But I tell you the truth: Elijah has come, and they treated him very badly, just as it was written about him.”
Jesus Frees a Boy From a Demon
Mark 9:14-29 (Matthew 17:14-21; Luke 9:37-43)
(14) When Jesus and the disciples came down from the mountainside, they met the other disciples and saw a large crowd of people around them and the teachers of the law of Moses arguing with them. (15) As soon as the people saw Jesus, they were overcome with wonder and ran to greet him. (16) Jesus asked them, “What are you arguing with them about?”
(17) A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son who is demon-possessed (demonized) and so he cannot speak. (18) The demon attacks him and throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and his body becomes stiff. I asked your disciples to cast out the demon, but they couldn’t do it.” (19) Jesus said to him, “Oh! You unbelieving generation of Israel, how long must I stay with you? How long will I tolerate you? Bring your son to me.”
(20) So they brought the boy to Jesus. And when the demon saw him, it immediately threw the boy into a severe convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. (21) Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has your son been acting like this?” The father answered, “Since he was a child. (22) The demon tries to kill him by throwing him into fire or water. But if you can do anything, please have mercy on us and help us.” (23) Jesus said, “Why do you ask me if I can help you? Everything is possible for a person who believes.” (24) Immediately the boy’s father yelled out, “I do believe! Help me overcome my unbelief!”
(25) When Jesus saw that a crowd of people was running toward them, he rebuked the demon, saying, “You deaf and mute evil spirit, I command you to come out of him and never enter him again!” (26) The demon cried out and shook the boy violently and came out of him. When the demon left, the boy looked like a corpse, so that many people said, “He’s dead.” (27) But Jesus took the hand of the boy and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
(28) After Jesus had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon from the boy?” (29) Jesus said, “Because this kind of demon can be cast out only by prayer (and fasting).”
Jesus Speaks About His Death and Resurrection
Mark 9:30-32 (Matthew 17:22-23; Luke 9:44-45)
(30) Jesus and his disciples left that place and walked through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, (31) because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man (see Daniel 7:13-14) is going to be delivered over to the custody of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise from the dead.” (32) But the disciples did not understand what he was telling them and were afraid to ask him about it.
The Greatest in the Kingdom of God
Mark 9:33-37 (Matthew 18:1-6; Luke 9:46-48)
(33) When they went into the house (probably Peter’s house) in Capernaum, Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you arguing about when we were walking on the road?” (34) But his disciples did not say anything, because they had been talking about who was the greatest among them.
(35) Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve Apostles together and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be the last, and the servant of all.” (36) And then he had a little child come and stand among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, (37) “Whoever receives one of these little children in my name receives me; and whoever receives me does not receive me but the one who sent me into this world.”
For or Against Jesus
Mark 9:38-41 (Luke 9:49-50)
(38) John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we told him to stop, for he was not one of us.” (39) But Jesus said, “Do not tell him to stop. For no one who does a miracle in my name can then say bad things about me, (40) because whoever is not against us is for us. (41) I tell you the truth: Whoever gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah (Christ) will certainly not lose their reward.”
Jesus’ Warning About Sin
Mark 9:42-50 (Matthew 18:6-9; Luke 17:1-2)
Jesus said, (42) “If anyone causes one of these little children—those who believe in me—to sin, it would be much better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.
(43) “If your hand causes you to sin, you should cut it off. It is much better for you to enter eternal life with one hand than to be thrown into hell (gehenna) with two hands, because in hell (gehenna) the fire never goes out. (44-45) And if your foot causes you to sin, you should cut it off. It is much better for you to enter eternal life with one foot than to be thrown into hell (gehenna) with two feet. (46-47) And if your eye causes you to sin, you should pluck it out. It is much better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to be thrown into hell (gehenna) with two eyes, (48) because in hell (gehenna) the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire does not go out.
(49) “Everyone will be salted with fire. (50) Salt is good, but if it does not taste like salt anymore, it can never be made to taste like salt again. You should have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”