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The disciples realize there is One in their presence that transcends human understanding and it frightens them. If you have come into the presence of the Lord and you have not been just a little frightened, then you have not come into the presence of the Lord.

C.S. Lewis captures the essence of this in his Chronicles of Narnia when he describes Aslan, the Christ-figure in the book:

But as for Aslan himself, the Beavers and the children didn’t know what to do or say when they saw him. People who have not been in Narnia sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the same time. If the children had ever thought so, they were cured of it now. For when they tried to look at Aslan’s face they just caught a glimpse of the golden mane and the great, royal, solemn, overwhelming eyes; and then they found they couldn’t look at him and went all trembly.

These disciples saw Jesus doing that which was not possible for mortal man to do. They saw it and it filled them with fear.

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