Mark 9:2-5 Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, apart by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became shining, exceeding white as snow, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. . . . Peter said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here.
How often have you heard people talking about the upís and downís of life. Mostly its about good days and bad, and its a helpless kind of thing, for so often it is, or seems out of our control. The wind blows, and then its calm, and our lives are subject to all the changes. Some people think you canít have the good, without the bad. Others say, itís just the way things are.
The issue is that if we could find a way, we would have only good times. If we knew how, we would stay on the mountain top, and never come down. For while the roller coaster at the park might be worth our time, it is a roller coaster which we can get off. If all we see before us is the roller coaster of life, sometimes that can seem pretty discouraging, for there is no end in sight.Eph 4:14
Sometimes we feel close to God, and other times sin plunges us to the depths of despair. But most of the time, weíre either going up, or going down. Motion isnít bad, but for it to be meaningful, we need to know that there is direction and a destination. And if like looks a roller coaster, then all the ups and downs are only going in a circle and lead us nowhere. Up and down and going nowhere is pretty much the worlds view of life. But this isnít what God wants, lets hear the rest of the story: "so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine." Thatís what God wants,but how do we get there?
We might not be able to change ourselves, or the world - but Jesus can. And that is the point of the Transfiguration. Jesus has the power, and we glimpse for a moment the glory of God. The transfiguration is important, because it tells us that the Savior has the power to save, and can help us in every trial. Thatís good, but there is more -- God wants to change us, and share with us his glory. We might think the best thing is to remain on the mountaintop, but God is calling us, not to remain where we are, but to grow, for there is something better, something beyond the mountain top, as good as it is, that we know.
2Cor 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. That is Godís plan for our lives, something where each day, is a new hope, and our reason for rejoicing, and our hope is in the bountiful grace of God. Each day, God gives us what we need. Each day we have the oppertunity to resist temptation, to overcome sin, and to share the good news of Jesus Christ. How can theis be? 2Cor 3:15-16 "Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their minds; but when a man turns to the Lord the veil is removed." We turn to God, and God sends his spirit to open our minds, so that we can understand the scripture, so that we may grow through it.
And so our minds are opened to see, that a life with ups and downs, is not a life which is on the highway to God, you see, Jesus has prepapred for a highway -Isa 40:3-5 A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
You see, God did not give salvation, only to those who could climb the mountain to reach him, rather God brought salvation to us, a straight path, and a smooth one. God brought salvation, and in Godís plan there is no room for sin our the depths of despair, or for the death which we by sin earn - So God sent his Son, to deal with sin, and to bring us the cure - the forgiveness of sins, and the new heart and right spirit which lift us up. So also in Godís plan, there is no room for pride, this is what I have done -- rather the gory goes to God who in Christ has given us this gift. And the gift is not merely the forgiveness of sins, nor is it merely life everlasting, nor is it only the peace of God which passes all understanding, but it is a life, where we are changed, and where God shares with us the glory that is his. A life where we grow. For the good news of the Transfiguration is this: 2Cor 3:18 "we allÖ beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another;"