God's Glory Shines Everyday

A reflection on Mark 9:2-9 on the glory of God
The transfiguration of Jesus Christ

Imagine being on a beautiful mountaintop with Jesus. His endeared disciples Peter, James and John must have been awed by the appearance of Moses and Elijah, at the same time humbled, catching a glimpse of kingdom glory in that mountain.

The entire event is significant – when Jesus was transfigured before his disciples, the latter terrified, and when He ordered them to tell no one. I tend to focus on verses 7-8: Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!"

Suddenly, when they looked round, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. (NIV)  
God spoke from the clouds and commanded the disciples to listen to Jesus, His Son, and whom He loves. "Listen to Him!” How often we listen to many voices today. They make promises they seldom fulfill sometimes leaving us in ruin.

God says we can always trust Jesus − "Listen to him!" We say, "Later, but I have other things to do right now!" God says, "Listen to him!" We say, "But I’m not sure that I truly believe." The disciples needed to hear this too. Jesus told them that He will suffer and die, but they did not listen because the path that Jesus took was different from their expectations. Only after the resurrection did they begin to understand that the way to glory is through suffering and sacrifice.

The transfiguration of Jesus Christ is a unique display of His divine character, by coming to earth as the true servant of God, and giving us the best gift, eternal life.

Note: Originally published this piece in "The Beacon" of Chatswood Church of Christ, 26th February 2006, I've amended it a bit. The message is the same, God shines everyday all the way amid life's trials and turmoils.

Image taken of Narrabeen Beach atop Edgecliff  Blvd., Collaroy
Northern Beaches, Sydney, Australia
(c) Tel's  Collection of Images

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