What Jesus Did! 'Alone Together' — Matthew 17:1

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John the brother of James and went up on a high mountain. They were all alone there.
— Matthew 17:1
Illustration of Matthew 17:1 — Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John the brother of James and went up on a high mountain. They were all alone there.

Key Thought

Soul mates. Bosom buddies. Accountability group. I don't care what you call it, we all need it. Jesus clearly had a closer relationship with Peter, James and John than he did with the other apostles. He invested himself more in them. He revealed more of himself to them. They become the key leaders of the disciples when Jesus returns to God. Coincidence? Absolutely not. For our own refreshment and accountability, we need a small group of people of the same gender we can spend genuine time with in confession, comfort, encouragement, and forgiveness. Jesus clearly did it. How can we not?

Today's Prayer

Loving Father, lead me to the people and the group to whom I need to make myself accountable and use me to bless this group with my love, comfort, and encouragement. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John the brother of James and went up on a high mountain. They were all alone there. While these followers watched him, Jesus was changed. His face became bright like the sun. And his clothes became white as light. Then two men were there, talking with Jesus. The men were Moses and Elijah. Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good that we are here. If you want, I will put three tents here—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While Peter was talking, a bright cloud came over them. A voice came from the cloud. The voice said, "This (Jesus) is my Son and I love him. I am very pleased with him. Obey him!" The followers with Jesus heard this voice. They were very afraid, so they fell to the ground. But Jesus came to the followers and touched them. Jesus said, "Stand up. Don't be afraid." The followers looked up, and they saw Jesus was now alone. Jesus and the followers were walking down the mountain. Jesus commanded the followers, "Don't tell any person about the things you saw on the mountain. Wait until the Son of Man has been raised from death. Then you can tell people about what you saw." The followers asked Jesus, "Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first {before the Christ comes}?" Jesus answered, "They are right to say that Elijah is coming. And it is true that Elijah will make all things the way they should be. But I tell you, Elijah has already come. People did not know who he was. People did to him all the {bad} things they wanted to do. It is the same with the Son of Man. Those same people will make the Son of Man suffer." Then the followers understood that Jesus meant that John the Baptizer was really Elijah.

Matthew 17:1-13

But Jesus did not care what the men said. Jesus said to the synagogue leader, "Don't be afraid; only believe." Jesus let only Peter, James, and John the brother of James go with him.

Mark 5:36-37

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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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