Thursday, March 2, 2017

Following Christ

Daily reading: Luke 9:28-45
Sunday February 26, 2017

Focus passage: About eight days after Jesus said these things, he took Peter, John, and James, and went up on a mountain to pray. Luke 9:28

This season of Epiphany has taken us through the gospel of Luke and today’s passage is a culmination of the first half of Luke’s gospel.    Luke has made it clear that, through Jesus, God is breaking down barriers and creating a wide welcome for people to follow, and this has caused both excitement and confusion.

 “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks his disciples at the beginning of chapter 9 and it is here that Peter proclaims Jesus is the Christ, God’s anointed one and after this mountain top experience of today’s passage, Jesus begins down the road to Jerusalem.
Jesus calls Simon Peter, James and John up to a high mountain with him.  This journey itself is foreshadowing; for when someone goes up a mountain, something big is going to happen.  Moses went up the mountain to talk to God and receive the 10 Commandments and when he returned his face shined. 
Some scholars believe that the disciples and Jesus climbed Mt. Hermon.  Its highest peak is 9,230 feet.  Others believe it happened on Mt. Tabor which is 1,886 feet in elevation. 
While there is a great difference in the height between the two mountains, the basic concept is still present: they did not go up some small foot hill.  Jesus basically took them on an adventure far away from civilization. Jesus took them some place where they could more easily focus on God and have a mountaintop experience.

Prayer: God, we often try to do something to get Your attention, not realizing that all along You have been trying to get our attention.  May we hear Your voice throughout our day.  Amen.

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