Mark has been carefully telling the story of Jesus the Messiah, showing clearly that He is the Promised One, the Messiah, the King of Heaven. Peter, speaking for the disciples, declares as much in 8:29. Yet confusion reigns among the Twelve: If You’re the King of Heaven and the Kingdom is here, how in the world can You say You’re going to die? Is this the Kingdom or not? Have You come in glory, or not? What are we to think?In our text today, we find Jesus both declaring and displaying a fundamental truth necessary to our understanding of the redemptive plan of God’s Kingdom: Yes, I am the King and the Kingdom is already here, and at the same time the Kingdom is not yet here in its glorious completion. Already, but not yet. That is the best way to clear up the Kingdom confusion and come to see the part we now play in the time between the inauguration of the Kingdom at the Incarnation, and the fulfillment of the Kingdom when the King returns in glory.