What Jesus Did! 'Fulfilling God's Plan' — Luke 9:28-31

Saturday, June 13, 2015

About eight days after Jesus said these things, he took Peter, James, and John and went up on a mountain to pray. While Jesus was praying, his face began to change. His clothes became shining white. Then two men were talking with Jesus. The men were Moses and Elijah. Moses and Elijah were shining bright too. They were talking with Jesus about his death that would happen in Jerusalem.
— Luke 9:28-31 NLT
Illustration of Luke 9:28-31 NLT —  They were talking with Jesus about his death that would happen in Jerusalem.

Key Thought

The glorious appearance of Moses and Elijah happens while Jesus is praying. Their mission appears to be one of affirmation. They are there to reinforce Jesus' conviction that he must go to Jerusalem and face rejection and death. This was not a new plan, however, but was the fulfillment of something God had planned much earlier. Jesus is not delusional. Jesus does not have a death wish. Jesus is not blindly ambitious and unaware of what awaits him. Jesus is headed to Jerusalem to do the will of God and fulfill the promises God had made over the centuries through his prophets. Jesus is the great reminder that God keeps his promises!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for your constant faithfulness to your promises. I am not used to people who scrupulously keep their word. Thank you for setting such a clear standard. Help me remember your faithfulness in those times when my life is hard and things are not going well. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 24:44-48
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
  • 2 Corinthians 1:20

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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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.