9As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean. 11Then they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 12He said to them, “Elijah is indeed coming first to restore all things. How then is it written about the Son of Man, that he is to go through many sufferings and be treated with contempt? 13But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written about him.” (Mark 9:9-13, NRSV)
Elijah is coming before the Messiah, and Elijah has already come. But didn’t we just see Elijah on the mountain with Moses and Jesus?
How has Elijah come?
God works in mysterious ways and we wonder how and why things work, but it really isn’t for us to know how or why but to trust in God’s plan.
We don’t have to understand it, we need to trust and follow.
Elijah has come and the Messiah must suffer and die…