Thursday, June 25, 2009

His Glory

Mark 9. Verse one, at first, seems as if it should be included in chapter 8. However, it works just as well as an introduction to the transfiguration account here in Mark. -- 9:1 "I assure you that some of you standing here right now will not die before you see the Kingdom of God arrive in great power." This statement was said to "his disciples and the crowds"(8:34). Six days after this Jesus took Peter, James and John to a mountain. The Catholics say that this started the final 40 days of Christ's earth walk before the Cross. I believe that. It happened between the Feast of Tabernacles and the Passover. The last Feast and the first Feast--I Am the First and The Last-- As the three were standing there Elijah and Moses appeared and were talking with Jesus. One gospel says that they were discussing what was to come in Jerusalem to accomplish God's Plan. And suddenly Moses and Elijah disappeared and only Jesus remained. Moses was the first savior of the Jews and represented the Old Covenant in the Law. Elijah was the first of the Prophets and one who never died a natural death, and the first to resurrect the dead. He restored a child to the parent. Peter James and John were permitted to see Christ as He truly IS. I believe that they were there to bear witness forty days before they were going to see Him beaten so bad that he did not even look human(Isaiah 52:14). Then A voice from Heaven--very much like the same at His baptism before He spent His forty days in the wilderness--This is My Beloved Son" --Then The Father added "Listen to Him." The Law and The Prophets message was fulfilled in the presence of those three disciples. Jesus in His Glory remained and received the Father's Authority. This was also The Father encouraging the Son to complete the work. Just as He came to him before the wilderness experience (tempted for forty days), The Father came to encourage and hold up His Son to live through the even greater temptation of His next forty days to come.---Thank You Jesus for Your Finished Work!---be blessed---more to come---c

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