Monday, February 20, 2012

Transfigured for a Moment Mark 9:2-9

There was one moment in one day for 3 of Jesus friends when everything was clear: The law and the prophets the place of Jesus in God's great plan: it was all crystal clear; for a moment. Jesus invited Peter, James, and John up a mountain with him Mark 9:2. It was there, on top of that mountain, that these three men saw glory Mark 9:3-4. Two men of history, Moses and Elijah, who Steve Berkeland argues well, were the very personification of the law and prophets met with Jesus face to face. Peter could see this was all wonderful and made a plan to build a place for 3. He didn't know what he was saying or what to do it was such a glorious moment Mark 9:5-6. But God knew what he was doing. A voice from heaven declared Jesus place in the great plan of salvation, "This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to Him." Mark 9:7 b NRSV And then everything went back to normal. Jesus told the 3 to keep quiet about it until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead Mark 9:8-9. They'd seen the big picture for a moment; and they returned to watch it all unfold not knowing the depth of suffering they would see Jesus endure on the way to fulfill this great plan. Pax, John

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