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Glimpsing Glory

Mark 9.2-10
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean.
Through art, stories, and motion pictures, people try to portray what they imagine heaven will be like. Here Jesus gives a glimpse to three special disciples. They were amazed! What did they learn? First, heaven operates at an energy level unknown to earth. It dazzles, and we need a welder’s eyeshade to glimpse at it. Second, Jesus is the center of it. This humble, suffering servant is the source of heaven’s all-surpassing glory and light. Third, people are invited to share it: people who follow God (like Moses), people who witness about God’s message (like Elijah), and people just like you, transformed by this amazing power, gladdened by this light. To face your duties and trials, you need a glimpse of His glory. Imagine what awaits you!

Pastor Jeff
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