A Glimpse Of His Glory


Mark 9:1-13

Most scholars believe it is Mount Hermon.

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The Lord Jesus Christ selected Peter, James and John for this trip to the top of Mount Hermon.

Perhaps they were allowed to witness His transfiguration in preparation for the places of leadership they would later occupy.

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Suddenly the Lord Jesus Christ changed!

His face changed.

His garments changed.

He was transfigured.

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The dark mountain was instantly bathed a light brighter than the sun.

It was a special presentation!

These men were given a glimpse of the glory of God.

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Then Moses and Elijah appeared.

They came to talk with the Lord Jesus Christ about His impending death upon the cross (Luke 9:31).

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Moses and Elijah were the preeminent representatives of the Law and the Prophets.

They came to encourage the Lamb of God as He drew closer to Calvary.

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Peter was so frightened.

He didn’t know what to say.

So he just blurted out something.

He recommended putting up 3 shelters, one for Moses, one for Elijah, and one for Jesus.

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Then a cloud appeared and covered them.

Out of the cloud boomed the very voice of God Almighty: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

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God spoke and immediately the cloud was gone.

Moses and Elijah were gone.

The disciples were alone with the Lord Jesus Christ once again.

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As the Lord Jesus Christ and His 3 disciples left the mountain, he told them not to tell what they had seen until He rose again from the dead.

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The 3 men were confused.

They wanted to know why the scribes said that Elijah must come before the Messiah, when they saw Elijah appeared on the mountain after they had seen the Messiah.

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The Lord Jesus Christ told them that Elijah would come.

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Then He turned the tables on them.

He turned the focus from Elijah to Himself.

He told the disciples that while Elijah would come, the Son of Man would suffer much and be rejected.

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Then the Lord Jesus Christ let them know that Elijah had already come, not literally, but in the person of John the Baptist, who came in the spirit and power of Elijah.

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When this great man of God came, he was put to death.

The implication here is that the Son of God came to this earth and He too would be treated shamefully.

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Thank God for the transfiguration of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Nowhere in the Gospel record can His glory and identity be seen any clearer.

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The Lord Jesus Christ was completely man, yet He was so divine that He could let His real glory shine like the sun.

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He is the fulfillment of everything Moses and Elijah, and all the Law and prophets, said or wrote.

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He brings that fulfillment to us!

He brings the presence of God to our lives.

He illuminates our lives.

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One day, through our relationship with Him, we will rest for all eternity in the glory of our risen, sovereign Lord.

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