December 7, 2021 – Mark 9: 1-8 – Glory!

Today we are reading from Mark 9: 1-8:

1 And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.” 2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

Just a note, when you read this, I should be in the midst of surgery to remove my kidney. Some of you know, but I have a tumor on it, and it is being removed today.  So, no rooted for the next few days, probably into next week.  But, it will be back soon! 

The transfiguration is a great scene in scripture.  Here’s why I love it so. There aren’t many moments in the Gospels when the disciples truly, truly, truly see Jesus in all of His glory. The resurrection and ascension. The baptism. And today. Today, they get a glimpse at the second person of the Trinity, the one through whom all things were made and all things hold together.  They get to behold Jesus, Logos of God, the very Word of God, in all His glory! 

One of the things that I love so much about our Savior is the personal relationship that we can have with Him. He is our best friend.  He is closer to us than a brother.  He walks with us daily, He will never leave, nor forsake us.  He is as close as our next breath.  He is our best friend and we can, and should, know Him on a personal level. 

But do not forget who He is. God from God, Light from Light. The Alpha and the Omega.  The first and the last.  We see Him in His glory here. 

And we will see Him in His glory when He returns.  So, remember who He is.  Remember who we trust. Remember who is our God. Remember.  

Remember His glory.  You can trust Him because He is who He says He is.  Remember His glory.  He is God. We can trust.  We see the glory today. Remember it.  

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