Jesus' Transfiguration Points to Grace to Come
Topic: Epiphany Passage: Mark 9:2–9:9
A Recap from Sunday’s Sermon
Preaching Text: 9:2-9
In this text, we see the process the disciples went through to see Jesus is the Christ. Their eyes slowly became opened to that fact through his teaching and miracles. Then in Mark 8:29 Peter declared, “You are the Christ!” which was confirmed dramatically on the Mount of Transfiguration where they saw Jesus in the fullness of his Godly Glory.
If the disciples went through a process of gradually coming to see that Jesus is the Christ, it makes sense that we too often gradually have our eyes opened to that truth. People who are still not clear about who Jesus is are encouraged to keep seeking. One way to do this at Grace is to attend Alpha.
For those who have come to see Christ, the message spoken by God at the Transfiguration was very clear: We should listen to him! In Mark 9:7 it says, “Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’”
But how do we listen to him? Three ways on HOW to listen to Jesus: Humbly, Obediently, and Wholeheartedly. To listen humbly is to recognize that he is King and worthy of being listened to. We should not assume we know better. To listen obediently is to not merely be hearers but also doers of the Word (James 1:22) as we learn to listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our life. To listen wholeheartedly is to practice active listening with God, giving him focused time and attention daily.
Taking It Home: How can you give him focused time today, so that you can be a doer, not just a hearer?