Mark 9:1 And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
A current social campaign touts: “It gets better.” This campaign encourages young adults to hang on in the face of hatred and bullying, to persevere in the face of intolerance and violence, and to find a mentor for support. Life may seem difficult now, but you will soon see that it gets better.
This campaign does something far better. Many of the notable people making these statements have personally been through tough times and have achieved more than many of their peers. By merely saying: “It gets better,” these successful former victims offer a glimpse that life is already better than it seems.
Thus we should not be surprised that Mark records Jesus as saying, the kingdom has come with power. If we look with our spiritual eyes, we will perceive it before tasting death. If we look with our spiritual eyes, we can look beyond the trials of life to see the kingdom of God has come and is all around us.
Sometimes all we need to do is look beyond the stoney ground under our feet to see mountain that lifts us up.