February 27 Sneak Preview

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Leviticus 20:22-22:16;  Mark 9:1-29;  Psalm 43:1-5;  Proverbs 10:18

“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain by themselves.  And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.”  Mark 9:2-3

Add to this scene the presence of Moses and Elijah.

And the voice of God.

No wonder the disciples were afraid!

Then in an instant it was over.

Just Jesus and the three remained.

Jesus talked about his resurrection from the dead.

The three listened.

Jesus “charged them” to keep quiet about what they’d seen and heard–at least for now.

They recalled the words they’d heard on the mountaintop–“This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” Mark 9:7

The three were given:

A sneak preview of God’s glorious work to be fulfilled through his Son, Jesus Christ on the Cross.

A sneak preview of the power of God to raise Jesus from the dead.

A sneak preview of the ultimate fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.

Through faith we have witnessed the Sneak Preview as well.  Our eyes have been opened to the glories of God–through faith we believe Jesus was raised from the dead–and so shall we!

Lord God, you’ve taken us to the mountaintop and opened our eyes of faith to see your glory!  Now lead us down to the plains to share what we’ve seen and heard–that you want all people to be saved; to come into your presence; to live with you forever.  Grant this for Jesus’ sake who gave His life for us, Amen.

How good, Lord to be here!

Your glory fills the night;

Your face and garments, like the sun,

Shine with unborrowed light.

 

How good Lord, to be here!

Yet we may not remain;

But since you bid us leave the mount

Come with us to the plain.

~Joseph Robinson

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