“Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:27)
I write Christian fantasy because I’m fascinated with the kingdom of God and the spiritual world it encompasses. When we enter it, we’ll meet Jesus, His apostles, and the Old Testament prophets. I’ll be able to thank the angel(s) who saved my daughter’s life when she fell out of a tall oak tree and was run over by a car. We get a glimpse of the kingdom of God with the upcoming transfiguration.
Jesus’ disciples were still learning who Jesus was. Jesus was about to prove that He’s greater than the greatest Old Testament prophet, Elijah, and greater than Moses, the poster child for Old Testament law. He has already shown He has God’s power to heal and raise a person from the dead. Now Jesus will prove He knows the future. Elijah, the greatest Old Testament prophet, who entered the spiritual world in his chariot of fire without dying, did those same things. That’s why the Jews were saying Jesus is Elijah. In eight days, Peter, John, and James will witness the transfiguration, a preview of the kingdom of God. Without tasting death, they’ll learn how Jesus is different and greater than Elijah.
Dear Heavenly Father, help me be more sensitive to the kingdom of God. It is near because you are near. Thank you for the angels you will send to help when I need them. Thank you for Jesus, the just King who rules Your kingdom. And thank you for the hope of heaven, a place where we’ll reunite with our loved ones, a refuge where no tears will be shed. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.