Unexpected Arrivals

While the disciples were with Jesus and beheld His transfigured appearance, two more people appeared. Mark 9:4-8 records this fascinating account: “And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid. And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son: hear Him. And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.” Why were these two men brought to the “Mount of Transfiguration?” Moses represented the Law and Elijah, the prophets. Peter in his impulsive, and sometimes bumbling way, wanted to do something to memorialize the occasion. The problem was that he was grouping the three together to be honored, but the Law and the prophets were to testify to Jesus. God intervened and redirected their focus to Jesus. Suddenly, they looked and only saw Jesus. These two stanzas from Avis B. Christiansen’s hymn, “Only Jesus,” speak of this needed focus: “I’ve found a precious joy in knowing Jesus, never dreamed of in this world of woe; no clouds, however dark, can dim the radiance of the heav’nly light He doth bestow. I’ve found a blessèd hope divine in Jesus, ’tis a Day Star ever shining bright; it fills my earthly way with heav’nly glory, and it turns life’s darkness into light.” Selah!  What a lesson for us! Let’s be sure our focus is on Him and not on any people. People can be a blessing, but Jesus is supreme!   Ron

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