A Glimpse of True Glory

A Glimpse of True Glory is the final message from our Epiphany series From the River to the Mountain.  We started in the River Jordan with Jesus being baptized. Do you remember this phrase?  “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” That was what God the Father thundered over the Son.  Anytime you question God’s love, go back into Scripture and read those testimonies of love and faithfulness. AND what is more – go back to your baptism when God thundered over your infant, teen, adult body – doesn’t matter – that he was well please with you because when you were washes and cleansed in those waters because, you were buried with Jesus.

Verses four and five of Mark 9 don’t answer as many questions as they ask.  But there are a few things we can take away from them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

  • I suppose you could start by saying God’s love brings life. These verses are a great reminder that Moses and Elijah are alive, right now.  Our God is the God of the living not the dead.  People who died really do just fall asleep in Jesus.
  • How did Peter know it was Moses and Elijah?  Will you be able to walk down the path in heaven and see Peter…  Elijah… and just know it?  I don’t know exactly.  But Peter’s comment – while dazed and confused – is just a glimpse of the joy of heaven.
  • What were Moses and Elijah talking about?  We don’t know for sure, maybe Jesus’ mission and completing the job.
    • Some believe that Moses represented the Law and Elijah the prophets.  Other say that both of those heroes of faith were encouraging Jesus to complete his mission.
    • Both of them went through very hard times –
      • Moses was frustrated with God people.  More than once they wanted to kill him!
      • Elijah was on the run for his life after one of the most spectacular miracles recorded in Scripture.  We know that Jesus as true man suffered real pain.  He became tired.

Want to hear more?  Watch this week’s message taken from Mark 9 – A Glimpse of True Glory.