The Mountains are Calling: Mountain of Transfiguration

This is the first sermon in the series, “The Mountains are Calling and I Must Go”. To see all sermons in this series, CLICK HERE.

Over the next several weeks, we will climb various mountains throughout the Bible to see what happened during those mountaintop experiences, and what we can learn from them. Ultimately, we want to cover three important principles:

3 IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES:

  1. On the mountain, God changes our perspective of who He is.
  2. On the mountain, God changes our perspective of who we are.
  3. We are to descend the mountain, take what we have learned, and share it with others.

MOUNTAIN OF TRANSFIGURATION

At Mount Herman, the most likely location where the transfiguration took place, Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and transfigured in front of them, revealing the full glory of God.

After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain by themselves to be alone. He was transfigured in front of them, and his clothes became dazzling — extremely white as no launderer on earth could whiten them.

Mark 9:2-3

While on the mountain, Jesus spoke with Elijah and Moses, Elijah representing the prophesies which were fulfilled through Jesus, and Moses representing the law, which was also fulfilled through Jesus.

2 TRUTHS FROM THE MOUNTAIN

Truth #1: Jesus is the Son of God.

A cloud appeared, overshadowing them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my beloved Son; listen to him!”

Mark 9:7

Truth #2: Listen to Jesus and do what He says.

But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

James 1:22

5 TAKEAWAYS FROM THE MOUNTAIN

#1: Jesus meets us when, where, and how we need it; so we will be ready for what’s to come.

Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him up to the mountain, where they saw him transformed. He wanted them to be prepared for the time after he would no longer be with them.

#2: The cross comes before the glory.

Jesus knew he was going to die, and he had to die before the glory of God could be revealed. That’s why he told Peter, James, and John to tell no one what they saw until he had risen from the dead.

#3: If we don’t know what to say, then we should not say anything at all.

Peter, being terrified of what he was witnessing but not knowing what to say, offered to build a shelter for Jesus, Elijah, and Moses. He didn’t understand that his role was to be a witness, not a participant. 

#4: Jesus alone is to be the focus of our worship.

The Lord spoke up when Peter offered to build shelters, saying, “This is My dearly loved Son. Listen to Him.”

#5: Moments are meant to move us forward, not hold us back.

What happened on Mount Herman was meant to be shared, but not until the designated time. It was meant to move Christianity forward.

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