Should We Build Some Extra Rooms Now?

Transfiguration (def.) change of form or appearance; Christ’s appearance in radiant glory to three of his disciples

transfigure (def.) change in form or appearance esp. so as to elevate or idealize

So this theme of standing up for your convictions has been resonating with me lately, last Sunday’s message on Daniel,  and now this week’s study in Mark, so I think it must be worth sharing.

I don’t want to get in too deep of a theological discussion of this instance of transfiguration, but I do want to see how we can relate this awe-inspiring event from the lives of Jesus and his three closest friends, Peter, James and John to our own lives.

Prior to the Transfiguration, beginning in Mark 8:31, Jesus had a discussion with the disciples predicting his death, saying that he must suffer many things, be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, that he would be killed and 3 days later rise again.  Upon hearing this, Peter immediately springs into action, rebuking Jesus, and in turn, Jesus rebukes Peter saying pointedly that he only has the things of man in mind.

He then calls the crowd and the disciples to himself as sort of a pre-commission, telling them exactly what followers of Christ must do: deny themselves, take up their cross and follow him, saying, (vs. 38) “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Moving on to Chapter 9: 2-13

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white,<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi,<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”> it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud:<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”> “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”>
Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(H)”> what they had seen until the Son of Man<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(I)”> had risen from the dead. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.
11 And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”
12 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(J)”> must suffer much<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(K)”> and be rejected?<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(L)”> 13 But I tell you, Elijah has come,<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; line-height: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(M)”> and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”


Are there people in your life, when you look at them, are you like, “Man, he/she is the coolest.  They keep their calm, they love people.  They’re Jesus with white hair and orthopaedic shoes.”  

A good idea to elevate?  No. Emulate?  Yes.

These are people who have “gotten” it.  Who have denied themselves, have put everything else down except for the cross of Christ and who are followers of him.

What happened when Moses saw God? (Exodus 34:29-30)  “When Moses came down from  Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.”

How do we change our form or appearance to be more like Him?  How do other people see a marked difference in our lives?  My bible study introduces these verses: Rom.  12:1-2: “Therefore, I urge you, bothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.  

There’s something about these verses that make me want to pump my fist in the air [Go ahead, you do it, nobody’s looking] Yes, we can do this, we can discern HIS will for OUR lives.  It’s amazing, liberating.  Isn’t He wonderful?

What small thing can we do today to reflect his glory?

Welcome the neighbor in
Bridge the gap of uncomfortable silence and call our friend
Extend ourselves in grace to the difficult boss/co-worker
Be exceedingly patient as we wipe up a child’s spilled drink
Be polite when the other person isn’t

Got anything else?

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