“They saw only Jesus with them” Mark 9:8
Dear People Who Keep Company With God,
One of the most extraordinary events in the life of Jesus is His transfiguration. God gave us a little glimpse of what it will be like when Jesus comes again in all His glory with His angels (Matthew 25:31). But this is not just a spectacular occurrence in Jesus’ life. The Holy Spirit has given us an invitation to know the glory and superiority of Jesus Christ. It began when He took three of His disciples, Peter, James, and John up on a mountain to pray. As He prayed, suddenly his countenance altered. His face shone like the sun, His clothes became white as light, and His whole being radiated glory.
Moses and Elijah appeared in glorious form as heavenly visitors talking with Jesus. Why Moses and Elijah? These two servants of God are among the most revered of all the Old Testament figures. Moses, the great lawgiver, personified the Law, and Elijah, the first, and in many ways, the greatest, of the prophets, represented all the Old Covenant Prophets. The Law and Prophets are the central testimony of the Old Testament, which pointed toward the coming of the Messiah.
After hearing Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus about His imminent departure (Luke 9:31), Peter said, “Rabbi, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Mark 9:5) Some believe Peter was referring to the Feast of Booths, and he may have been. However, Mark tells us what was really happening with Peter, “He said this because he didn’t really know what else to say, for they were all terrified.” (Mark 9:6) No one could be in that atmosphere of glory mixed with dead men appearing and not be undone and terrified.
As soon as Peter got the words out of his mouth, things took a dramatic turn, and God revealed what He wants us to know. “Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.” (Mark 9:6-7) A cloud will overshadow any person, group, movement, possession or situation where Jesus is only one of the emphases. “Suddenly, when they looked around, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus with them.” (Mark 9:8) This is the Holy Spirit’s invitation to know the glory and superiority of Jesus Christ, “they saw only Jesus.” Those words can change your life. Moses and Elijah, two of the greatest of men in Scripture, and all they represented left center stage, with Christ left standing.
The Mount of Transfiguration was a defining moment in Peter, James, and John’s lives (2 Peter 1:16-19). And it can be in yours. The most significant spiritual encounter we could ever have is for a cloud to overshadow anyone and everything in your life that has equal or higher value than Jesus. You will never be the same again when with the eyes of your heart, you see “only Jesus.”
Many Blessings, BW