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Encounter

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Reading: Mark 9: 2-6

Verses Three and Four: “His clothes became dazzling white… And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses”.

As Peter, James, and John headed up the mountain with Jesus, they had no idea what would happen next. The usual trek to someplace like this usually led to a time of prayer. Apparently without warning, Jesus is “transfigured”. This means to “transform into something more beautiful or elevated”. In Mark’s gospel the scene is described this way: “His clothes became dazzling white…” It was Peter, James, and John’s limited way to describe something amazing and never before seen.

At times we find ourselves here. When we try and describe our encounter with Jesus or God or the Holy Spirit, we use a lot of “it was like…” terminology. We try and relate it to experiences we think others have had and then we try to elevate that to describe our encounter. The disciples use the bleaching analogy to try and describe the level of dazzle.

To add to their surprise, “And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses”. These two greats of the Old Testament appear and start talking with Jesus. One can only imagine the conversation between the men who represent the prophets and the Law, respectively, and the One who represents the new covenant, Jesus. What a deep and rich theological conversation it must have been!

Just as suddenly as Elijah and Moses appear, they are gone. In an instant, the old Jesus is back. Heads spinning, Peter, James, and John must have wondered what just happened and pondered why were they there. This experience must have left them with more questions than answers. What does this mean? How will this impact our lives and our ministry? Who really is Jesus? What now?

In those moments when we too experience Jesus in extraordinary ways, we are left with a sense of the divine touching our lives. We too are left with questions and much to ponder. This is a good thing. Life-changing moments are supposed to change us! From our Jesus encounters, may we continue to wrestle and seek, to learn and to grow. May we allow these encounters to guide us along our journey of faith, ever closer to our God.

2 thoughts on “Encounter

  1. If Jesus Christ, appear in front of me , I believe Id fall to my kness and lower my head in the Holyness sight of my Lord. ID BE IN SUCH AWE I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SPEAK. HAVING THIS HAPPEN, WOULD CHANGE ONE FOREVER, THAT NO ONE COULD TAKE THE POWER OF LOVE THAT YOU GAIN FROM JESUS, FOR HIM, FROM YOU, HE MY LIGHT, HE MAKES ME SMILE EVEN ON MY DARK DAYS. HE MY SALVATION. HE THE REASON FOR LIVING, AND I LOVE HIM WITH ALL MY HEART. 🙂 I KNOW THAT JESUS CARES, YOU KNOW THAT IN YOUR OWN HEART, YOU CAN FEEL IT.
    I AM BLESSED.
    ALSO BEING OLD AND LIVING ALONE, THE CLOSER TO JESUS YOU GROW, HE ALL YOU NEED , TO BE FULL AND HAPPY IN JESUS, YOU HAVE YOUR PEACE. THAT DONT COME FROM OTHER PEOPLE, ONLY JESUS CAN GIVE YOU THAT. 🙂 AMEN

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