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What Does Death Taste Like, Anyway?

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A friend sent me an early morning text recently. "Matthew 16:28. Are not all those dudes dead?"

My friend was talking about this verse:

"Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."
I replied to his text. "You are correct. Those dudes are most certainly dead."
Ahhh, years of grad school in biblical studies and biblical languages finally paying off.
There is a lot happening in Matthew 16. Here in Matthew, Peter identifies Jesus as the Messiah, the son of the living God. Soon after, Jesus tells his disciples that he will be killed but will rise from the dead. He even tells them that following him may mean that they lose their lives. But in Matthew 16:28, he lets them know that not all of them will be dead before something big happens.

It's normal for readers of this verse to think it's talking about the second coming of Jesus. I suspect we've heard as much in a sermo…