Devotion In Motion
Mark 9:1-3 nkjv
“And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.” “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves: and He was transfigured before them. His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.”
We need to understand that Jesus isn’t promising immortality, He’s just referring to what happens next… Remember Jesus and His men were in the Golan Heights, near the town of Caesarea Philippi. A little north was Mount Hermon, a snow capped mountain, 9200 feet above sea level. Today, the modern Israelis have built a ski resort on its peak.This was probably the “high mountain” to which Jesus took Peter, James, and John – and what they witnessed was more thrilling than snowboarding down a steep slope..
In fact, Peter talked about the experience for the rest of his life. As an old man, in 2 Peter 1:16, he recalled how they “were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” What Peter saw changed him forever. Mark tells us “and (Jesus) was transfigured before them. His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.” Not even Clorox Concentrate could bleach out Jesus’ robe as bright and as white… The Greek word translated “transfigured” is the term from which we get the English word, “metamorphosis” – it speaks of “an abrupt and dramatic change.” We use it to describe the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly.
For three decades the deity of Jesus was under the cover of His humanity. Now the Boss is revealed… And this was a preparatory moment for the disciples. They’ll need to remember this moment in the days ahead. They’re about to see Jesus bloodied, and beaten, and bruised. But before they see the gory… Jesus wants them to see His glory. The light they see radiate from Jesus on this mountain will help them get through ,when they enter the shadows of another mountain called Calvary. And we also need to keep this story in our hearts!
You see, undoubtedly there will be people who will mock our convictions, or snicker at our faith, They could be friends, family, co-workers, managers, even other believers or people off the street. That’s when we need to return to this mountain and recall His glory!. Look! There will be crosses in our lives that we’re called on to suffer. Jesus said “take up the cross and follow me” Mark 10, Paul told the thessalonians “all who follow Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” And it’s in those moments, those shadowy moments when we need to recall and remember the glory of Jesus on the mountaintop.
For one day we too will share in His glory!
That was his promise to all his disciples.
John 14:1-3 nkjv
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so,I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away your ticket; You trust the Engineer”
Corrie Ten Boom
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