No turning back

Daily reading: Mark 8:27-9:13
Thursday February 11, 2016

Focus passage: Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and brought them to the top of a very high mountain where they were alone.  He was transformed in front of them, Mark 9:2

 This piece of scripture is one of the most mysterious passages in the New Testament; coupled with that it serves as the point of no return for the disciples.  It is a moment of transformation.

We read that Jesus took a few of his disciples, Peter, James and John the top of a very high mountain, and we know something amazing is going to happen.  They are going to experience God in a way that doesn’t happen down in the city, or town, or by the shore.

Moses went up Mt. Sinai and while there he received the 10 commandments and upon returning to the people his face shone.
 So with that in mind when we hear that they are going up
a mountain, it sets the stage for something amazing to happen.

They went on a journey taking them away from any lingering crowd that could follow them.   They went away so they could encounter God.   And while we proclaim that God is always with us, there are moments in our lives when we have “mountain top” experiences when the presence of God is overwhelming. 

Prayer:  Gracious God help me to experience the presence of Christ in this moment and in every moment today.  Open my eyes and my ears to what is happening around me.  Amen.


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