Saturday December 5
“There are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power” … His clothes became shining, exceeding white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them. Mark 9:1, 3 NKJV
The Transfiguration of Christ (3)—The Power and Purity of the King
In Matthew three disciples were chosen to see a preview of the Son of Man coming in His kingdom before their death. In Mark however, it is described as “the kingdom of God present with power .” There is no contradiction in these accounts, just a different emphasis. In Mark it is the power of His kingdom in contrast with the corrupted power of this world. There is no power on earth that can be compared to the power of His kingdom.
The purity of God’s Servant who will administer the kingdom is also seen. The special feature presented to us in Mark’s account is that His raiment “became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them ” (Mk. 9:3) . A striking feature here is that Mark gives more attention to the details of the transfiguration of the Lord’s garments than do the other two Gospels. In fact, more attention is given to the transfiguration of His garments than of His Person. This is in keeping with the Gospel that presents Him as the Perfect Servant. The One who took on the form of a bondservant is the One before whom the entire universe will bow (Phil. 2:7) .
Garments are suggestive as indicating our character and ways. The character of His government is elaborated upon by many of the prophets including Isaiah who declared: “Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins” (Isa. 11:5) . The character of His rule is in stark contrast with what now prevails under, “the universal lords of this darkness ” (Eph. 6:12 jnd ) . The exceeding whiteness of His garments suggests that there will be no stain of sin in the administration of His kingdom. Blessed be His name!