Summary: Scripture reading from Luke gives us some insights into the power of God
He’s God on the Mountain
By Rev Stanley Baker
Our Scripture reading from Luke this morning gives us some insights into the power of God.
We can only imagine what it must have been like for Peter, James and John to be on that mountaintop and to see Jesus changed before their very eyes as he stood there talking with Moses and Elijah.
This scene is far more powerful and spectacular than any special effects of any movie out there.
But even more important than the visual affects which Peter, James and John saw on the mountaintop that day is the message that God communicated to those disciples about Jesus.
There are three things we can take from this text.
First, this passage is a testimony of who Jesus is.
God’s voice calls out from the cloud that surrounded them on top of that mountain saying, “This is my son whom I have chosen.
Listen to him.”
We remember God said a similar thing about Jesus at his baptism. “This is my son, whom I love.”
The second thing this text does is tell us of the preparation of Jesus’ death.
Luke tells us that Moses and Elijah appear and “… spoke about his departure, which he was to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.”
This sets the stage for what will happen in the days ahead as Jesus begins his walk towards the cross in Jerusalem.
Finally, this portion of Scripture also gives us a glimpse of Jesus’ Eternal Glory.
We are told, “As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightening.”
Jesus was transfigured on top of that mountain right in front of Peter, John and James.
What they witnessed on top of the mountain of transfiguration was a miracle.
This miracle of Moses and Elijah appearing on the mountaintop and Jesus being transfigured,
Was a testimony to the fact that Jesus was truly the Son of God,
The account of the transfiguration is perhaps one of the greatest of God’s miracles and we can learn a great deal from it.
However, today it is all too common for people to dismiss or explain away miracles.
We are told that modern scientifically trained people can no longer accept the miracles of the Bible as factual accounts of something that really happened.
There are those out there who insist that any modern intelligent Christian has to give up the notion that Jesus healed ten lepers with the power of His word,
that he did not fed thousands of people out of one lunch box,
that he did not stop the storms of a raging sea,
that he did not enabled the lame to walk,
that he did not make dumb to talk or the blind to see.
We are told that we should regard these events as mere stories or myths.
But I am here to tell you, HOGWASH!
I wonder if Sis Trisha, who was seriously ill and near death with cancer, and today has recovered, and in remission will tell you there is no such thing as miracles.
Miracles happen just as surely as you and I are sitting here today!
Go up to the mountain,
Sometimes You have to just go to the Mountain, you just can not stay in the valley all the time.
When all else fails, turn to God because when you’re in that valley, where there seems there’s no hope, God is there with you. Come out of the Valley Go to the Mountain
I will admit that it takes a lot of faith to believe in the miracles.
But I believe the problem today is that too many people can’t muster up enough faith to believe in the miracles.
It’s a lot easier to think these miracles never really happened than it is to have the faith it takes to believe in them.
A man once asked me, “Do you really believe that Jesus walked on water ?
Do you really believe that Jesus healed all of those people ?
Do you really believe that Jesus raised someone from the dead ?
Do you really believe that Jesus spoke with Moses and Elijah on top of a mountain some 800 years after they died?”
I said, “Yes I believe it, because He’s God
We’ve all had mountaintop experiences where we’ve felt like we were on top of the world and in the presence of God.
Perhaps you had a mountaintop experience when your child was born,
when you were married,
or when you received a special blessing or healing from God.
Maybe your mountaintop experience occurred as you just sat quietly in prayer with God
Maybe you experience it in your life when God brought you to the mountaintop and you felt God for the very first time and you