Text: Mark 9:2-10
After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with Him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There He was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters (tabernacles – me) – one for You, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!”
Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.
Stop and Consider
1. Where has God taken you personally to transfigure your perception of Him? What scenes, images, and memories attest to His total “otherness” – to His transcendence of man?
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2. What could you do or practice more often to keep yourself reminded that, although He is near, He is far, far beyond us? Spend more time star-gazing with Austin, learn more about places on earth that people rarely get to see, but God does –
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Thinking of You transfigured before Peter, James, and John, what else can I do today but join them in facedown awe and reverence, worshiping You as the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation (Col. 1:15) – the radiance of His glory, the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by Your powerful word (Heb. 1:3). Praise You, Lord, now and forever. Praise You – praise you, Lord.
Help me to never just think of You as a pal, because You are so much more than that. Let me slow down and take the time to get away from man-made things and out into nature to view the things Your hands have made and the wonders You have created.