Today's Reading: Mark 9
Key Verse: Mark 9:7
And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!"
Why did Jesus bring only Peter, James and John to the mountain top? Did Jesus show favoritism? God always responds according to our level of commitment.
Do we want to see Jesus in new ways? Then ask God for a greater desire for Him.
Why did Moses and Elijah show up? Jesus had tried again and again to share His coming death with His disciples, but they didn't get it. Moses and Elijah were two servants of the Lord who, at one point in their lives, had become so discouraged that they asked God that they would die (Numbers 11:15 and 1 Kings 19:4). Perhaps they were the only ones who could begin to understand Jesus' feelings as He faced death. Yes, Jesus was 100% human, and this record establishes that Jesus is also 100% God. The voice of God the Father burned its way into the memories of the three disciples.
Later in the chapter we learn that "fasting and prayer" is another evidence of our level of fervency. Why be fervent? One reason is because as Jesus said, there is "hell fire" to avoid (9:43,47).
There's a lost world that needs Jesus before it's too late.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, like Peter, James and John, I'm sticking as close to You as I can.
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