Mark 9: 2-8: If you know what’s good for you

“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. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’ Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. NIV

‘’Rabbi, it is good for us to be here’’ (5).

For obvious reasons, this must go down as one of the greatest understatements of all times!  Only three living men (plus two already dead) got the opportunity to be on the mount of Transfiguration. Nevertheless, every time we are able to meet in fellowship with other believers, and with the Lord Himself, we can say in faith: ‘’…it is good for us to be here.’’ We may feel nothing, of course, but chances are we will catch a glimpse of Jesus’ glory, and hear the Father’s voice (7). We will become re-focussed on Jesus (8) and His cross. Luke’s account tells us that Moses and Elijah ‘’appeared in glorious splendour, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem’’ (Luke 9:31). They were literally talking about ‘’his exodus’’ – the deliverance He would enact by His death.

So, when we gather together, around Jesus, centred in His cross, we can truly say, it is ‘’good for us to be here.’’

 PRAYER: Thank you Lord for worship, prayer, fellowship and teaching, down at the feet of Jesus.