MOUNT OF TRANSFIGURATION(Pt. 3)

Mark is believed to have recorded the apostle Peter’s eye witness account of the Lord Jesus.   In Mark Chapter 9, Peter, James and John accompany him up the Mountain, in part, because there would be the need to have a full,verifiable witness.  Scripturally, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses every word must be established.  The apostle Peter’s explanation of what occured was no fanciful imagination gone wild.  They were not hallucinating , they were eye witnesses.  They, personally,saw that while Jesus was praying there on the mountain, heaven drew aside it’s curtain as it were and revealed another view of Jesus.  They saw the natural, human side of him give way to the divine mystery of who he was,eternally.  What had been a view of OUTSIDE-IN is now made known from an eternal reality, which is INSIDE-OUT.

GROWING IN HIM

For those who are growing in their walk with Jesus the Messiah this is the true order of things, “The natural things proceeds the spiritual things” only as an entry point into eternal reality.   This, incidentally, is one of the reasons why we, who are followers of Jesus Christ, are not without hope when a loved one in Christ passes this life.  We have the blessed hope of seeing our loved ones again.  The apostle Paul assures us that, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”(2 Corinthians 5:8).

MOSES AND ELIJAH

Back to the Mountain where Jesus was transfigured.  This stunning event was not without guests from heaven. Moses and Elijah appear and converse with Jesus.  This startling event frightened the three apostles, causing them to be prostrate on the ground.  We shouldn’t be surprised.  After all, you don’t just come into the atmosphere of heaven and remain unmoved. We recall how Isaiah, the prophet, cried “Woe is me, I am undone!… I am in the presence of the thrice-holy God”(Isaiah 6).  Saving for a Seraph flying with a blood soaked, burning coal from off the altar and touching his lips, he probably would have died on the spot!  How casual the presence and the things of God have become today.  Is it not a sign of our times? We have substituted ritual for worship, Wine for water in our formalism, head-knowledge for heart knowledge.  Far too many of God’s houses know nothing more than “a form of godliness but deny its power” a place in their services, to which the apostle Paul admonishes, “And from such people turn away!”(2 Timothy 3:5).

Why Moses and Elijah?  Both were very important in Israel’s history.  God gave the Law(Teachings) to Moses to give to His people.  It was a Covenantal document between God and His people, Israel.   When they strayed away to worship the Baal God, the LORD GOD used Elijah to confront & call His people back to the true and living God(Read Malachi 4:4-6).  But God also promised a New Covenant for Israel in which He would no longer write upon tablets of stones.  Rather He would “take away the heart of stone…and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes…Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people and I will be your God”(C.f. Ezekiel 36:26-28).

Peter astonished at this mountain top experience wants to place Jesus right alongside Moses and Elijah.  He feels that he deserves to be in the same category as these two great servants of the LORD God of Israel(Moses representing the Law & Elijah representing the Prophets).  And yet…at that moment, a cloud descends, and a voice from His excellent glory is heard, “This is my beloved Son, Hear Him!  Suddenly, when they had looked around, they saw no one anymore, but only Jesus with themselves”(Mark 9:7-8).   God had sent, in the form of Jesus of Nazareth, His final Word of salvation and deliverance for His people.  His Son, Jesus the Messiah, was and is made available to all that will look to Him, all that would hear his voice, all that would trust and obey him.  The apostle John later testified, recording his experience, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”(John 1:14 NKJV).  If you hear His voice…Don’t harden your heart.

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