(As usual, Sunday was so full that I didn’t get this written until Monday)
Numbers 29-31 Mark 9:1-29
“Then a cloud came and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’ Suddenly Peter, James, and John looked around, but they saw only Jesus there alone with them.” (Mark 9:7-8)
The story of Jesus and three of His disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration is amazing. Peter, James, and John went to the top of a mountain with Jesus and saw His clothes start radiating whiteness. Then Moses and Elijah joined Jesus and the disciples were beside themselves in fear. I believe this was during the time of the feast of booths, so Peter blurted out something about setting up some booths for the three of them, only to see a cloud cover them. When the cloud disappeared, Moses and Elijah were gone and a voice from the cloud said that this was His Son. They were left alone with Jesus.
And that’s where we should be: alone with Jesus. There is no one like Him. No one should be between us and Jesus. Whether we’re worshiping by ourselves or in a giant megachurch setting, it’s all about Jesus, and only about Jesus. That doesn’t mean that we don’t minister to or help others. When Jesus, Peter, James and John came down from the mountain they were called on to heal a demon-possessed man. Jesus, at other times, reminded us that the best way to serve Him was to care for those society esteemed the least. Still, the ultimate question is, what did you do with Jesus? Did you commit to Him and follow, or did you decide to go your own way? The greatest experience in life is to follow Jesus.
Lord, when all the things of this world are stripped away, I’m left face to face with You. May my life reflect that I’ve chosen to follow You no matter what may happen.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.