Three Things To Consider When Interpreting Scripture:
Matthew 16:28 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
At my job there are many more skeptics and atheists than anyone who are Christians, agnostics, deists, or any other theistic belief system. One atheist in particular would challenge me on my beliefs about God, Jesus, the Holy Bible, etc. I like a good challenge so I never turned him down. Every break time on the graveyard shift I was working we'd debate over the existence of God and the reliability of the Holy Bible. One break, when he was unusually emboldened, I was stumped as to how to answer his challenging question as to how I interpret Matthew 16:28. Right in front of everyone I read it, and I know that I had read this verse many times before and had thought about it myself as to what this actually meant. Could Jesus' second coming really had been at His resurrection? If so, then my understanding that Jesus was coming back was just a myth, a hoax, bunk, etc... It bugged me to think that someone asked me a question that I had questions about myself because it is one of my goals in life to find difficulties, such as this, and expose the the truth behind it. I had to find answers.
I'm not proud to say that a little seed of doubt actually entered my mind. All the evidence that I could find led to his understanding of the verse. As I admit that I was a bit overwhelmed with this, I asked if I could speak with him after work and he agreed. I told him about my conversion story and ultimately came to the point to where I said I wanted to do private debates as opposed to public ones. He agreed, and from that point on there was no public discourse on the matter.
As I was a bit relieved that I knew that I was not going to be publicly humiliated for not being able to answer, what I considered at the time to be, such a troublesome Bible Difficulty I still couldn't shake that I still didn't know the answer! What I should've told him was that I would get back with him, but because of my, “head knowledge pride” as I sometimes call it I was too stubborn to be humble in the situation.
Matthew 17:1-8Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)17 1 After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 He was transformed in front of them, and His face shone like the sun. Even His clothes became as white as the light. 3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.4 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it’s good for us to be here! If You want, I will make three tabernacles here: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said:
This is My beloved Son.
I take delight in Him.
Listen to Him!
6 When the disciples heard it, they fell facedown and were terrified.7 Then Jesus came up, touched them, and said, “Get up; don’t be afraid.” 8 When they looked up they saw no one except Him—Jesus alone.
And also 2 Peter 1:16-18:
2 Peter 1:16-18Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)16 For we did not follow cleverly contrived myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; instead, we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, a voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory:
This is My beloved Son.
I take delight in Him!
18 And we heard this voice when it came from heaven while we were with Him on the holy mountain.