A High Mountain
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. 7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.”8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
9 Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”
10 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
11 Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things.12 But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.”13 Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist. Matthew 17.1-13
Lessons From the Mountaintop
This true story needs no re-telling. It says exactly what Holy Spirit wants us to know. But, there are take-away’s and the lessons are rich and need to be learned. Ready?
- Not everyone gets to go on the mountaintop. (verse 1)
- Mountaintops are places for miracles. (verses 2-3)
- Don’t turn the mountaintop into an idol. (verse 4)
- Humans have a tendency to say dumb things when afraid. (Mark 9.5-6)
- Listen on the mountaintop. (verse 5)
- Have reverent fear (honor) on the mountaintop. (verse 6)
- Be ready to stand and not be afraid. (verse 7)
- Keep your eyes on Jesus only. (verse 8)
- Don’t talk about the mountaintop until the experience will minister to someone else. (verse 9)
- Don’t question the mountaintop experience. (verse 10)
- Keep worshiping after the mountaintop – most likely there’s a miracle ready to manifest. (my take-away)
The Transfiguration of Jesus can also be read in the Gospel of Mark chapter 9. The lessons from this mountaintop experience are rich and we should embrace them and learn from them.
I pray, if you are taking the Lenten Journey, you are experiencing true commitment.