Lent 2022 Day 36

Lent 2022 Day 36

Tue 12 Apr

Mark 9:2-8 A glimpse of Jesus in the context of the Law and the Prophets

2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

5 Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’

8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

Jesus has a glory moment. Just the one. Father God sent angels to announce the birth of the child, and spoke at his baptism, but Jesus only appears in his true glory just once in his earthly life. He has taken his three closest disciples up a mountain, leaving the other nine behind to get on by themselves (can you recall how well they did?). On the mountain Jesus reveals his glory: his disciples see him as he is in eternity, God the Son, resplendent and shining, just as God appeared before Moses. Oh, and Moses is here, too, along with Elijah.

Did Moses and Elijah introduce themselves to the disciples? Why would they bother with Peter when Jesus is here?! Peter figured out who they were. They were significant people in the faith of Israel. Moses represents the Law, and Elijah the prophets. Jesus is the apotheosis, the fulfilment of both, though the day when this is finally sealed is yet to come.

It was both a frightening and a wonderful experience for Peter and his companions. And now God speaks from a cloud. Did the cloud drop, or form up in an instant, or did it materialise gradually? How do you think Father God would make his appearance? We have the account of Jesus’ baptism to go on. We don’t know how long everyone was up on the mountain, so we shouldn’t think it all happened in the time it takes to read the story of the event. Father God’s message seems to be aimed at the three spectators, because Moses and Elijah must have known who they were standing with.

Peter wants to stay, and is prepared to pitch shelters – but who would actually need them?! And how long did Peter think that Jesus would stay transfigured and Moses and Elijah hang around? Poor Peter! He was confused and frightened, and he was going to be disappointed. But he had seen Jesus in a way no other person off that mountain had ever seen him.

Have you had a glory moment? Who have you shared it with?

Where did Moses come from to be there with Jesus?

Where did Elijah come from to be there with Jesus?

If Jesus were to appear today in this fashion, who might now stand beside him?

Father God, when you appeared in the cloud on that mountain you did not take the glory for yourself, but gave it to your Son, the One you love. Jesus is worthy of all honour and glory because he saved me from sin and death. Amen.

Glory to God:

https://youtu.be/V4dR_zuB3qk

Glory to Jesus:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c81OW0RkS6Y

 

Paul