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 NLT
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?
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.
Related Scripture Readings
- Mark 3:13-15
- Mark 14:32-38
- 2 Timothy 2:1-2
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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