Year B – Transfiguration – Mark 9:2-9

Mark 9:2-9  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. 9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Summary:  Of all the theories about what Christ’s return will look like, this we can be certain, it’s going to be bright.  The Nicene Creed says of Christ:  “…He will come again in glory…”  The Transfiguration was a glance at that awesome sight.  Jesus had been declared The Christ a few days before; And now these three disciples saw even further reality of just whom they were looking at.  The Father’s voice and this revelation of Jesus’ divine glory not only confirms his place among the great messengers of God, but that he is the Message that we must listen to as the kingdom appears.

Insight:  What if you had been there?  What if could have heard the voice of God… seen Elijah and Moses… along with Jesus’ awesome whiteness?   How much more confident in Christ would you be?  Well, Peter was there.  And Peter himself says we have something in our possession today even more certain.  Peter, a personal disciple who spend all that time in the physical presence of Jesus and an eyewitness to this very event, says you and I have something that we should be more confident about:  we have the Word of God.  And so, we do well to pay attention, to listen to Him (v7) and to trust this most trusted source from God (2 Peter 1:16-21).

Child Catechism – What can we be sure of?  Word of God

Discussion Questions  –  If you were in Peter’s sandals, what would you have said?  What was Jesus speaking with Elijah and Moses about (see Luke 9:28-36)?

Prayer –  Heavenly Father,  you have spoken to our fathers in many different ways and now you speak to us by your Son, shape our hearts and minds to listen and follow His words, by the power of your Spirit and in Christ’s name.  Amen.

Contributed by:  Mac West