17th August 2012
Behold His Glory
“Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain.”
Mark 9:2 (NIV UK)
Chaos was reigning as usual. The crowds had been milling around Jesus. The feeding of the four thousand had just occurred. The Pharisees were plotting and/or arguing points of doctrine. Others were demanding miracles. Then, suddenly, Jesus grabbed three of his disciples and took them up a mountain.
The disciples were in for a big surprise. Jesus’ clothes became “dazzling white”, whiter than any detergent could make them. Not only that, but Moses and Elijah appeared out of nowhere and began a conversation with Jesus.
It would have brought to mind famous stories from the past. Moses was up a mountain when he received the law. Elijah was on a mountain when he called down fire from heaven. But this was not about carrying legal tablets of stone down to the people, or about false prophets being destroyed. It was not about listening to anything that Moses or Elijah had to say. Jesus, the Son of God, had more power and authority than they ever had. “Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’” (9:7).
Later Peter remembered how he had been an eye-witness of Christ’s Majesty while on this mountain (2 Peter 1:16-18). Hebrews 1:1 was being fulfilled before their very eyes “In times past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.”
They did not know it but Peter, James and John needed that time out on the mountain. Before and after, their lives were filled with the hustle and bustle of the crowds. Sometimes life happened to them more than God happened to them. They needed to get away just as, at times, we need to get away in order to reconnect with God. If we do that, we become renewed and strengthened in love for one another through Christ Jesus. When we follow Jesus, he leads us to behold his glory with the Father.
Take time out. Find a special place to listen to God. If necessary, go up a mountain.
Father, let your Spirit lead me to reflect on the glory of Jesus.
Study by James.Henderson