1 Jesus went on to say, "I assure you that some of you standing here right now will not die before you see the Kingdom of God arrive in great power!"
2 Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John to the top of a mountain. No one else was there. As the men watched, Jesus' appearance changed,
3 and his clothing became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly process could ever make it.
4 Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus.
5 "Teacher, this is wonderful!" Peter exclaimed. "We will make three shrines*--one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."1
6 He didn't really know what to say, for they were all terribly afraid.
7 Then a cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."
8 Suddenly they looked around, and Moses and Elijah were gone, and only Jesus was with them.
9 As they descended the mountainside, he told them not to tell anyone what they had seen until he, the Son of Man, had risen from the dead.
10 So they kept it to themselves, but they often asked each other what he meant by "rising from the dead."
11 Now they began asking him, "Why do the teachers of religious law insist that Elijah must return before the Messiah comes?"
12 Jesus responded, "Elijah is indeed coming first to set everything in order. Why then is it written in the Scriptures that the Son of Man must suffer and be treated with utter contempt?
13 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and he was badly mistreated, just as the Scriptures predicted."
14 At the foot of the mountain they found a great crowd surrounding the other disciples, as some teachers of religious law were arguing with them.
15 The crowd watched Jesus in awe as he came toward them, and then they ran to greet him.
16 "What is all this arguing about?" he asked.
17 One of the men in the crowd spoke up and said, "Teacher, I brought my son for you to heal him. He can't speak because he is possessed by an evil spirit that won't let him talk.
18 And whenever this evil spirit seizes him, it throws him violently to the ground and makes him foam at the mouth and grind his teeth and become rigid.* So I asked your disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they couldn't do it."2
19 Jesus said to them, "You faithless people! How long must I be with you until you believe? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy to me."
20 So they brought the boy. But when the evil spirit saw Jesus, it threw the child into a violent convulsion, and he fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth.
21 "How long has this been happening?" Jesus asked the boy's father. He replied, "Since he was very small.
22 The evil spirit often makes him fall into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us. Do something if you can."
23 "What do you mean, `If I can'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes."
24 The father instantly replied, "I do believe, but help me not to doubt!"
25 When Jesus saw that the crowd of onlookers was growing, he rebuked the evil spirit. "Spirit of deafness and muteness," he said, "I command you to come out of this child and never enter him again!"
26 Then the spirit screamed and threw the boy into another violent convulsion and left him. The boy lay there motionless, and he appeared to be dead. A murmur ran through the crowd, "He's dead."
27 But Jesus took him by the hand and helped him to his feet, and he stood up.
28 Afterward, when Jesus was alone in the house with his disciples, they asked him, "Why couldn't we cast out that evil spirit?"
29 Jesus replied, "This kind can be cast out only by prayer.*"3
30 Leaving that region, they traveled through Galilee. Jesus tried to avoid all publicity
31 in order to spend more time with his disciples and teach them. He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed. He will be killed, but three days later he will rise from the dead."