Leviticus 20:22-22:16; Mark 9:1-29; Psalm 43:1-5; Proverbs 10:18
“And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly.” Mk. 8:31-32
Plain as day.
But still hard to understand.
Jesus took another approach. Taking Peter, James and John he “led them up a high mountain by themselves.” Mk. 9:1
He added some special effects–sans CGI–“There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.” Mk. 9:2-3
And for added drama–“there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.” Mk. 9:4
Peter was beside himself–he started throwing out ideas–“Let us put up three shelters, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” Mk. 9:5
Then a voice centered them all “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Mk.9:7
The Father–giving His Son a Heavenly thumbs up and His disciples a command.
“Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.” Mk 9: 9
And they put one shaky foot in front of the other as they descended to the plain.
Lord God, we thank you that you do whatever it takes to get Your message across to us. We would love to remain on a mountaintop for endless days with no distractions with You, but you call us to get back down to the plain, to do the work you have called us to do. We rejoice knowing that one day we will experience endless joy in your Presence forever–thanks be to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior who was not afraid to leave the mountain top of Heaven to come to our Earthly plain. In His name we pray–Amen.
“Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.” Psalm 43:3