Friday, January 11, 2013

Rumors Of Glory

Mark 9

9 And Jesus was saying to them, “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.”

The Kingdom of God has come in power...and then the transfiguration a glimpse of the glory. Did these three see just a bit of your glory much sooner than the expected?  Death was no where on the horizon for them.  The kingdom of God has come in power?  As they went with you that day, did they think that the road would never end? They had followed you for better part of three years.  There are times when I think that the road goes on forever, but that is not truth.  The road ends with the mission accomplished.  The end of this world will be in you glorified and every wrong, righted.

2 Six days later, Jesus *took with Him Peter and James and John, and *brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; 3 and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them. 4 Elijah appeared to them along with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus.

Lord Jesus-I wonder what Elijah and Moses had to say to you. What were they thinking about your ministry. Where had they been? What these two people could have told us. Did they bring word from the Father? As if He did n't talk with you ongoingly?

So this wasn't something that was surprising to you but it was to the disciples. It would have been frightening, startling, and unsettling, to say the least. Peter, James and John could honestly say, "I see dead people walking." Or at least talking.

5 Peter *said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 For he did not know what to answer; for they became terrified. 7 Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!” 8 All at once they looked around and saw no one with them anymore, except Jesus alone.

Lord Jesus--You told Peter, James and John that they couldn't tell anyone. Could this have become a rumor of your glory in their minds and hearts? "What did that mean? Did we really see the light. We Saw Moses? and Elijah? No, it must have been the heat...couldn't have been."

I wonder if they thought that way? Sometimes what is clear glory can all too easily be transmuted by memory and time into something less. You opened gate to a bigger vision of God for these three...before the resurrection. Before anyone else knew these three of the inner circle were shown a glimpse.

Lord Jesus--There are times when words need to stop.  There is no answer that makes sense and I find myself right where Peter was. Staring into the face of the glorious and talking about silliness.   All that needed to happen was for Peter to be quiet and experience the moment.  Peter wanted to be busy.  Let me know rumors of glory without the need for nervous, anxious activity.  That sense of your presence does motivate and energize...there is joy, hope, a passion to be more than I am when I begin to connect with your glory and grace.

In this day, don't let me be satisfied with nervous activity that substitutes for just being with you as you chose to reveal yourself.  Could I be face to face with your glory revealed today? Absolutely.  If so then help me keep my mouth shut until you give the words that are adequate for the occasion.

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