The Lord of Glory
Mighty God, my strength and my hope, reveal anew to me the meaning of what I will read in Your Word.
Read MARK 9:2-13
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son” (John 1:14, The Message).
The transfiguration of Jesus made a profound impression on the three disciples. The glorious presence of the transcendent Majesty provoked an acute sense of the fear of the Lord, so much so that Peter did not know what to say (6). However, he would later eloquently describe the event: “We were eye-witnesses of his majesty” (2 Pet. 1:16-18). John’s testimony is similar: “We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and Only, who came from the Father” (John 1:14).
While Jesus was undoubtedly strengthened both by the divine voice and by the endorsement of Moses and Elijah, the experience may have been as much for the three disciples as for him. For them, the transfiguration was what baptism in the Jordan had been for Jesus. Both events attest to the unique relationship of Jesus to the Father. His dazzling appearance mirrors Daniel’s vision of the Ancient of Days, a revelation of God himself (Dan. 7:9)! It’s little wonder that John would later testify that Jesus has made the Father known: literally, he has “exegeted” (explained or interpreted) the Father (John 1:18). The disciples were given a glimpse of the glory with which Jesus would be crowned on his ascension to take his place at the right hand of God (c.f. v. 9).
Since that ascension and the outpouring of the Spirit, the experience of James and John has become open to all believers! Amazingly, the glory that the Father has given to Jesus, Jesus has given to us (John 17:22). Paul tells us that we “contemplate the Lord’s glory” (2 Cor. 3:18). And there’s more! We “are being transformed [literally “transfigured”] into his image with ever-increasing glory.” Not only do we celebrate the hope of experiencing God’s glory in the age to come (Rom. 5:2), we can begin to experience it now! Truly awesome!
The secret of being transformed into the image of the Lord Jesus begins with contemplating his glory. Do that now.
Awesome God, give me a glimpse of Your glory today. As I bow humbly before You, continue Your transforming work in me.
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