Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Let’s climb a mountain together…
Follow me up Mount Tabor just above Ceasarea Philippi. This has been commonly know as the Mount of Transfiguration, which is the place that Peter, James and John got to see Jesus turn white and were greeted by Moses and Elijah.
Here it is in Matthew 17:
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
All in all, quite an exciting day.
One could call it a “defining moment.”
Have you ever had one of those defining moments? Maybe it didn’t involve Moses and Elijah or Jesus on a mountain, but it was a time that spiritually marked you.
I’m always grateful for those times, but it’s important to remember that we can’t CAMP OUT THERE. There is more life to be lived. There are plenty of glimpses of God’s glory to be seen. There are more mountains to climb. And there is a bunch of ministry waiting for you when you come down form the mountain (read Matthew 17:14-21).
As a matter of fact, I’m so glad that Jesus didn’t stay on that mountain. He had another hill to climb – this one to his death. Thanks be to God for that indescribable gift!
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