Mark Chapter 9
One can only imagine what it might have been like that day. They had probably made this trek up this high mountain before, perhaps Mt. Tabor. Although it certainly afforded breathtaking views, what was Jesus doing – taking them up the mountain today? Had Jesus hinted at what might happen on this mountain when he said, “…there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God come with power” (Mark 9:1). It must have seemed strange to the three disciples that only they were asked to accompany Jesus. What was a natural mountain became a place of holiness as Jesus was transfigured (metamorphoō) before their eyes. His glorious nature became visible, if only but for an instant. To add to the overwhelming nature of this event, Moses and Elijah joined and were having a conversation. It was Peter, it usually is, that had the bright idea that they “could capture this holy moment.” He said, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents …” (Mark 9:5) Immediately, a cloud overshadowed them, and God spoke from this cloud of revelation, “This is my beloved Son, listen to him” (Mark 9:7). When they looked around, they saw Jesus only.
Spiritual experiences are wonderful; just like the disciples we sometimes want to “capture” them. The reality is that we cannot live on these mountaintops. They certainly are whispers of God’s presence, but real life is lived down in the valley. Just like the disciples, it is here that people who are oppressed and bound by the devil need to be set free by prayer, it is here where we learn to be a true servant, and it is here where we do the business of “cutting out” anything in our lives that is not like Christ. It is here where the Holy Spirit does his business of transforming (metamorphoō) us. After the cloud dissipates – there is Jesus!