What Jesus Did! 'Revealing His Glory to the Three' — Mark 9:2-4

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John and went up on a high mountain. They were all alone there. While these followers watched him, Jesus was changed. Jesus' clothes became shining white. The clothes were whiter than any person could make them. Then two men were there, talking with Jesus. The men were Elijah and Moses.
— Mark 9:2-4
Illustration of Mark 9:2-4 —  The men were Elijah and Moses.

Key Thought

Jesus appears here with two groups of "friends." Group one is made up of Jesus' inner circle of three followers—Peter, James, and John. The other is made up of two great figures from Israel's past, Moses and Elijah. Jesus' dazzling white clothing is a powerful symbol of his heavenly origin and superiority. For Jesus to be classified with Moses and Elijah, to be friends and in conversation with them, is incredible to his three followers. Little do they realize that God will elevate Jesus to a status above these great teachers, leaders, and prophets. Of particular interest to me, Jesus doesn't have all his followers with him—not even all the 12 apostles participate in this moment. Jesus shared in relationships at all different levels of closeness. However, not everyone was invited into every moment. He invested heavily in 12 apostles and even more heavily in his "inner 3" who would each impact the early church in powerful ways. We can't change everyone. We can't change the world alone. We can impact a few, who in turn can impact a few more. Before long, our influence reaches way beyond ourselves. So with whom are you investing your life and to whom are you passing on your faith?

Today's Prayer

Father, please use my life to make an impact for good and spread the grace and character of your Kingdom. Give me wisdom to know those in whom I should invest my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. Some of you people standing here will see the kingdom of God come before you die. The kingdom of God will come with power." Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John and went up on a high mountain. They were all alone there. While these followers watched him, Jesus was changed. Jesus' clothes became shining white. The clothes were whiter than any person could make them. Then two men were there, talking with Jesus. The men were Elijah and Moses. Peter said to Jesus, "Teacher, it is good that we are here. We will put three tents here—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." Peter did not know what to say, because he and the other two followers were very afraid. Then a cloud came and covered them. A voice came from the cloud and said, "This (Jesus) is my Son and I love him. Obey him!" Then Peter, James, and John looked, but they saw only Jesus there alone with them. Jesus and the followers were walking back down the mountain. Jesus commanded the followers, "Don't tell any person about the things you saw on the mountain. Wait until after the Son of Man rises from death. Then you can tell people what you saw." So the followers obeyed Jesus and said nothing about what they saw. But they discussed what Jesus meant about rising from death. The followers asked Jesus, "Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?" Jesus answered, "They are right to say that Elijah must come first. Elijah makes all things the way they should be. But why does the Scripture say that the Son of Man will suffer much and that people will think he is worth nothing? I tell you that Elijah has already come. And people did to him all the {bad} things they wanted to do. The Scriptures said this would happen to him."

Mark 9:1-13

Related Scripture Readings

Then Jesus went up on a hill. Jesus told some men to come to him. These were the men Jesus wanted. These men went up to Jesus. Jesus chose twelve men and called them apostles. Jesus wanted these twelve men to be with him, and he wanted to send them to other places to tell people {God's message}. And Jesus wanted these men to have the power to force demons out of people.

Mark 3:13-15

Jesus and his followers went to a place named Gethsemane. Jesus said to the followers, "Sit here while I pray." Jesus told Peter, James, and John to come with him. Then Jesus began to be very troubled and full of sorrow. Jesus said to Peter, James, and John, "My soul is full of sorrow. My heart is breaking with sadness. Wait here and stay awake." Jesus walked a little more away from them. Then Jesus fell to the ground and prayed. Jesus prayed that, if possible, he would not have this time of suffering. Jesus prayed, "Abba, Father! You can do all things. Let me not have this cup {of suffering}. But do what you want, not what I want." Then Jesus went back to his followers. He found them sleeping. He said to Peter, "Simon, why are you sleeping? You could not stay awake with me for one hour? Stay awake and pray for strength against temptation. Your spirit wants to do what is right. But your body is weak."

Mark 14:32-38

Timothy, you are {like} a son to me. Be strong in the grace (kindness) that we have in Christ Jesus. You have heard the things that I have taught. Many other people heard those things too. You should teach those same things. Give those teachings to some people you can trust. Then they will be able to teach those things to other people.

2 Timothy 2:1-2

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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