Summary: Finding life changing experiences at the top of the mountain with jesus

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MATTHEW 17:1-8

Mat 17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart,

Mat 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Mat 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elijah talking with him.

Mat 17:4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

Mat 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Mat 17:6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

Mat 17:7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.

Mat 17:8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.

It’s super bowl Sunday evening so I know I am preaching to the choir.

If you love football, then you are probably thinking ok brother Henry bring us the message quickly.

As most of you know foot ball is not my sport so I am not in a hurry.

Just kidding I will lay out the message as God has given it if we are here 20 minutes or 45 minutes it will be because the Holy Spirit has something special for us that no sport could match.

Just a few weeks ago, some of you may remember, at 5:00 in the afternoon we had a light snow. It didn’t stick so what you saw were the flakes and the mess that it made. Everyone that was getting off of work was driving around on the wet streets getting slush all over their cars and content just to get home. Doing the same thing everyday, the same way, and getting the same results. If you goal was to get home then I’m sure, since you, are here you achieved your goal. I was doing the same thing but instead of dealing with the four lane traffic in the medical district I took the road up the north side of Monte Sano Mountain. I had the same situation as everyone else but after carefully maneuvering through the tight curves and finally reaching the top I had a totally different experience. You see, the temperature had dropped about 15 degrees from the bottom to the top of the mountain. When I turned that final turn my eyes was filled with the beauty of one of Gods masterpieces. I mean it was splendid. Even Thomas Kincade could not paint a prettier picture. Snow was everywhere. It was laying on the ground, hanging on the trees,on the roof tops, everywhere it was beautiful. What I am saying is if I had chosen the fastest, easiest way that day I would have missed this beautiful experience.

Peter, James, and John had put themselves in a position that they could be chosen by Jesus to make this incredible journey and experience something that would change their lives. Where were the other 9 disciples? As my friend Aaron McCollough says they were at the bottom of the mountain playing church. Unfortunately many of us today are like those disciples. We are content to go to church occasionally; drop a couple of bucks in the offering plate, maybe amen the preacher a time or two

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