Mark 9:9-13: Ordinary days.

“9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what ‘rising from the dead’ meant.  11 And they asked him, ‘Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?’  12 Jesus replied, ‘To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? 13 But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.’” NIV UK


Christians do not live on the mountaintop. Although we may have mountaintop experiences, sooner or later we have to come back down. We return to ordinary days and mundane realities; to wet Monday mornings, to mysteries, to unanswered questions, to hostility. (Consider what happened to ‘’Elijah’’ – John the Baptist in other words: the forerunner of the Messiah. He was a good man and he got treated very badly. This is the kind of thing that awaits us in the valley). We have to come down from the mountain of glory to the valley of knotty problems, as we will see (14-29). But when we do come down, may we carry something from the mountaintop with us, and bring it to bear on the desperate needs in the valley below. If we have seen something of Jesus’ glory, we know just where we need to reflect it.

PRAYER: Help me, Lord Jesus, Light of the world, to shine for you in earth’s darkest valleys.