“SIR, WE WOULD SEE JESUS”, JOHN 12:31…PART FOUR…We come now to the fourth week of our emphasis on the life of Christ. Our challenge is to spend some time in the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The first three Gospels are called the synoptic Gospels because they include some of the same material surrounding the Lord Jesus. However even within the material given to us from each writer there will be some things related differently by the writers. Sometimes it may be just a word added or deleted by one of these authors. John of course is very different from the other three. As one looks closely at these 89 chapters one will be greatly challenged as the Scripture is unfolded before him. As we draw nearer to the death, burial and resurrection where we give special emphasis let us make sure that we acquaint ourselves with the freshness of our Lord and Savior.
This week in our forth study in the Life of Christ we would go to the mountain top with Jesus and the three disciples that He hand-picked to accompany Him. THE TRANSFIGURATION. Please take note of the various passages that address this blessed happening: Matthew 17, Mark 9:2-13, Luke 9:28-36 and 2 Peter 1:17-18. Perhaps the reason why the subject of the transfiguration of our Lord has been neglected is the fact that many do not sense the practicality of this event. We do not doubt that it did in fact take place and we like Peter stand in awe upon the “holy mount” but what are the lesson there for us today?
Here in the midst of His earthly ministry He is transfigured or changed before them as Matt. 17:2 tell us. What a special event this must have been. The majesty of his glory shone forth even to the very clothing that He wore. He later tells them not to relate this to others until after His resurrection See Heb. One.
Next, two things happened on the mount, first two men that we are very familiar with in Scripture and they are Moses and Elijah. These are “heavy weights” in the Bible. Next Peter wants to build three tabernacles on the mount. Now watch what happened as a voice from heaven sounded forth saying, ”This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him”. Peter was speaking and the two prophets had appeared but now it was only Jesus that was manifested in His transfiguration.
In the Gospel of Luke chapter 9:30-31 we are told that there was a conversation of the “exodus” or decease of Jesus by Jesus and the two prophets. In the midst of this majestic happening the conversation was centered upon the fact that Jesus was to die and where He would die—Jerusalem. Much can and should be said concerning what happened on the mount but let us see what happened when the disciples came down from this wonderful experience.
Personally, one of the saddest happenings in Scripture occured immediately following the Transfiguration of Jesus in Luke Chapter 9:37-45. There was a lad who needed healing but they could not perform this for the man and his son. Please read this passage and especially verses 40-41. Coming now from this great happening on the mount they were unable to accomplish what God had empowered them to do. Many times we come from places of special blessing and fail to follow through as he has empowered us as well. Please take a few moments to look at these four passages on the Transfiguration of our Lord.