Friday Morning: 10 May 2019 – Mark 9:2-13 – “Listen to him.”

Friday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Endurance – Friday)

Almighty God, whose beloved Son first suffered pain and crucifixion before entering into glory: Mercifully grant that we, walking in his footsteps, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Mark 9:2-13 (NLT)

The Transfiguration

Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them. Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus.

Peter exclaimed, “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.” He said this because he didn’t really know what else to say, for they were all terrified.

Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, when they looked around, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus with them.

As they went back down the mountain, he told them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept it to themselves, but they often asked each other what he meant by “rising from the dead.”

Then they asked him, “Why do the teachers of religious law insist that Elijah must return before the Messiah comes?”

Jesus responded, “Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready. Yet why do the Scriptures say that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be treated with utter contempt? But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they chose to abuse him, just as the Scriptures predicted.”
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Morning Reflection:

If ever there was a validation of Jesus’ person and mission, this was it.

Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said,
“This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.”
– Mark 9:7

The transfiguration was a fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Mark 9:1. It was a prophetic view of the glorious risen Christ – the glorious risen Christ who is coming again in great power.

“I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die
before they see the Kingdom of God arrive in great power!”

But what was the point? Threefold –

  1. To assure believers that Jesus is God’s beloved Son.
  2. To persuade believers to listen to, and obey him.
  3. To provide believers with a foretaste of his glorious return.

Questions for consideration:

  • Do you believe that in every circumstance, no matter how bleak, God always has the last word? Does the transfiguration bolster that perspective, or not? Please explain.
  • What’s the difference between listening to Jesus and obeying him? Please explain.
  • Do you believe that Jesus is coming again in glory? What difference does it make to you? Please explain.
  • Do you anticipate a glorious future with Christ in his coming Kingdom? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Prayer for world leaders to fight against Christian persecution:

Sovereign Lord: All authority vested in governance comes from you and is accountable to you. Stir the hearts of every world leader to carry out their responsibilities justly and peacefully with special attention to Christians who are defenseless, in need of protection. Give them the wisdom to enact the necessary policies and procedures to make a lasting, global difference. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

My Prayer:

Heavenly Father: Thank you for this vision of the risen Christ you have given us in the Gospels. Fill me with wonder and confidence that you are the Sovereign Lord over all of human history. Open my heart, mind, and spirit to not simply listen to your Son, but to obey him – to follow him come what may. And thank you for the assurance of a place in your coming Kingdom through faith in him – who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“This Kingdom” – Darlene Zschech

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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