The prior paragraph was the revealing of the glory of Jesus as he had been transformed on the mountain before the eyes of Peter, James, and John. Glory and restoration were going to come through suffering and humiliation. This was the message of the transfiguration. Jesus is restoring all things and coming into his glorious kingdom through his suffering, death, and resurrection. We need to remember this because the gospel picks up where we left off with that scene. Look at Mark 9:14.
The Problem (9:14-18)
And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. (Mark 9:14–15 ESV)
We are allowed to see what was happening with the other nine disciples while Jesus, Peter, James, and John were on the mountain. While up on the mountain a large crowd gathered around the other nine disciples…
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