Mark 9:1-4: Go with Jesus

9 And he said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power”. 2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

The transfiguration of Jesus was the divine confirmation of Peter’s affirmation (8:29). It made an indelible impression on the apostle. Years later he was to write:

‘’We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honour and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘’This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’’ We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain’’ (2 Peter 1;16-18).

Are you ready to go with Jesus wherever He wants to take you? (2). Why would we fear to travel anywhere He might lead us? You may find He takes you right into His glory cloud. But not all Christians have the same experiences of Jesus. All are saved; all are equally loved by God and find themselves the recipients of His grace. Yet in the sovereign purposes of God, some people see things others do not. God has His reasons. Ours is to trust Him. Not all the twelve got to experience the mount of transfiguration, just these three. Do you envy Paul’s ‘’visions and revelations from the Lord’’ (2 Corinthians 12:1)? Well, would you also like to share his sufferings (2 Corinthians 11:16-33)? Some believers are given unusually vivid and ecstatic encounters with Christ in His glory. God knows why He chooses to bestow these on some and not on others. Our task is to fix our eyes and ears on Jesus, and go with Him when He indicates it’s time to move.

I have to lead and speak at a Christian funeral tomorrow, and I’m heartened by what I read here (4). From this verse we see that believers who have left the earth do not die (1 Thessalonians 4:13,14). Also, as the disciples recognised Moses and Elijah, men they had never met, so we will know one another in heaven. This thought transfigured my heart with glory today, even as I considered it. What a hope we have with which to ‘’encourage each other’’ (1 Thessalonians 4:18).

In verse 1 of this chapter, Jesus may well have been referring to His transfiguration. Or it may be about His resurrection, ascension and outpouring of the Spirit. But it can’t be a reference to His second coming, because the people who heard Jesus’ words that day have long since died.

PRAYER: Lord, I want to go with you wherever you want to take me. May I see more and more of your glory.