This is the outline for the talk I did in church today.
Mark 9 2-9
Jesus took Peter John & James on a adventure up a mountain, they had been on many adventures already with Jesus but this one would be special.
Where has Jesus taken you lately?
What has he shown you?
What was your response?
Did you want to put up a memorial to the event?
Peter liked the idea of being there with Jesus but was thinking about commemorating the event rather than taking part in it.
He was not seeing or listening to the moment but thinking of what he could do to celebrate.
We all can be like that; thinking about what we should be doing to celebrate something God is doing, rather than listening and seeing what God is doing.
God was using this event to show a glimpse of Jesus’ real majesty, but that is not how the disciples were seeing it.
God wanted to show how much he loved his son and that he wanted them to listen to him, to follow the adventure trail.
This transfiguration was a mayor thing as it showed again who Jesus was, the first time at his baptism by John. It showed the disciples what God thought of Jesus and that He was linked into the story of Moses and Elijah, the law giver and the prophet who fought against false leaders and teachers.
Jesus told them they would understand later, so often we need to give God time so that we can understand what he is saying to us. We need to stop and listen and then await the right timing to understand fully.
The transfiguration was also an encouragement to Jesus for what the future held, Suffering. Betrayal, torture and death.
In this event there was future life as seen by Moses and Elijah being there talking, there was the love and recognition from his father God.
Do we remember the times before we have suffered, the presence of God comforting us?
Have you experienced his presence before a bad time?
I have – when I first became a Christian and over the next few years before I got ill, and still now helping me cope with it.
Moving on to Paul in Corinthians, [another one who had seen God’s glory before having to suffer] he is responding to those who say that he is not very effective because no one is hearing his message. His response should always be ours as well; it is not me I am proclaiming or my message but the message of the living light, the living God the message of Jesus Christ the master.
Many of us get dispirited because we see no one coming to faith from what we are doing for Jesus.
But we shouldn’t, doing so means that we are concerned that we are not effective or doing it right.
However Paul is saying that those who aren’t looking will always miss the point of the message while those looking will see Jesus in what you say and do. You have no control over how people respond just a duty to spread and live the message.
The join between these to passages is Christ’s light comes from his holiness and because he is God. That light can be seen by many but not all will understand or respond correctly, Peter didn’t.
However those who see the light and respond can cope with what the future will bring because they will have that light inside them and not just a pile of stones commemorating the event to think of.
13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord[e] have for his servant?”
15 The commander of the LORD’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
There appeared to him one as a man to be noticed. This Man was the Son of God, the eternal Word. Joshua gave him Divine honours: he received them, which a created angel would not have done, and he is called Jehovah, chap. 6:2. To Abraham in Gen 18 he appeared as a traveller; to Joshua as a man of war to Hagar as a rescuing angel, to the people of Israel as fire and cloud.
Christ will be to his people what their faith needs.
Can you remember a time when God appeared to you in some way?
When you think about it does it help you when you are feeling weak?
The disciples had this vision of Jesus as well as seeing many of His works and yet still struggled to cope. Does that make it easier for you when you mess it up?
God gives us sight of Him to give us something to hold on to but we like the disciples can still fail to hold on to His strength. The great thing is that we can keep going back to Him and he will continue to give us glimpses of Himself to strengthen our faith.
A time to listen and be with God.
Father we come to you now, we want to see your glory and be filled with your light.
Help us to spend this time see and hear you rather than rush onwards.
Jesus Son of God our Lord and saviour send your Spirit so that we can experience your glory.