Lord, From Your Heart to My Heart

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His clothes became shinning, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them. And Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—because he did not know what to say, for they were greatly afraid. And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” Suddenly, when they had looked around, they saw no one anymore, but only Jesus with themselves.          Mark 9:2-8

There is at times just a great feeling of being loved by God whenever He reveals something to you in your heart. What I mean is, just like when someone close to you confides in you something of a personal nature usually its because you display the integral character of someone in whom they have trust in. Someone in whom they can confide in and know it will be received with understanding that what you are expressing is what is in your heart, and then using the best intention of responding with love and care for what that person’s need is. Well, need less to say, God does not need my help nor advice for anything. But that is what I am referring to; Yet, He still reveals great truths that come from His heart to us.

Peter, James, and John—As the inner circle of Jesus’ disciples, these three were sometimes allowed to witness events that the other disciples were not. We know that God is not a respecter of persons, meaning He doesn’t show favoritism in His dealings with man. God is fair and just in His actions and judgment. As Jesus led the 3 men up the mountain, Mount Hermon, about 9,200 feet above sea level is the highest mountain in the area of Caesarea Philippi. Now I’m sure while they were walking up that mountain that would not have ever guessed what was about to take place. Has that ever happened to you? God doesn’t have to perform any type of miraculous event for us today, but Has He ever made Himself so real to you, that You’ve felt His presence in your situation? What I desire is that intimate walk with the Lord, so if He should choose to, He could reveal His heart over what concerns me, and my situation. I just think that the three disciples must have thought at first, “no way is this really happening!” Then, Perhaps afterwards, the reality of being so included in something as God the Father’s heart being revealed toward His Son, Jesus Christ. Wow! Think about it for a moment. In this New Testament passage, we get to comprehend the depth of a Father’s love for His Son. Who happens to be the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and every living thing. The One who knows the magnitude of the universe and its span, brought down to His simple declaration of His love for His Son, in whom He is well pleased.

Transfigured—From the Greek word meaning “to change in form,” In some inexplicable way, Jesus revealed His divine glory. Later in his life, Peter wrote in his second epistle, For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty (2 Peter 1:16). In one sense, all of the apostles were eyewitnesses to Christ’s majesty, especially His miracles, His resurrection body, and His ascension up to heaven. Peter, however, is referring to his privileged account of being in the presence of a transfigured Christ. The kingdom splendor of His majesty revealed at this event was intended as a preview of His majesty to be manifested at His second coming. It must be noted then, that Jesus earthly ministry of healing, teaching, and gathering souls into His kingdom was preview also, of the character of the earthly kingdom He will establish at His return. The divine glory of Jesus emanating from His body made even His clothes radiate a brilliant white light, no man made laundry detergent could ever make us this clean.

Elijah. . .with Moses—Symbolic of the Old Testament Prophets and the Law, these two great divisions of Old Testament order is subject to Jesus, who fulfilled the Law of Moses, and of the Prophets (Matthew 5:17).

Now the title “Rabbi,” is a title of esteem and honor given by the Jews to respected teachers. So when Peter feels compelled to say something, perhaps it was to want to honor Jesus, and His company of Old Testament saints, in suggesting he would make three tabernacles, so we could stay here permanently! He could have felt the future kingdom of God had arrived, and well, I should do something! It is all speculation of course. But I think when the Lord’s kingdom comes down from heaven, it will be perfect. It won’t need anything added to it by mankind. Jesus tells us, In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also (John 14:2-3). Nowhere is Jesus saying, I will need your help in this. No, He will go before us, He will prepare a place for us, He will return for us, and take us to be with Him. Jesus does it all for us!

A cloud . . .overshadowed them—This glory of God appears in the Old Testament at Mount Sinai, when God was giving instruction to Moses. You remember His face glowed when he came down from the mountain. This was known as “Shekinah glory” that God’s presence was felt and its afterglow was the result. The Father’s voice in that cloud cut off Peter’s fumbling at saying the right words. This is My beloved Son—God the Father repeated the affirmation of His love for the Son given first in the New Testament at Jesus’ baptism: Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11) This voice allowed its audience at Jesus’ baptism of His Messianic prophesies, like for instance, (Psalm 2:7; Isaiah 42:1).

Beloved friend, I feel as though if were honest, the average Christian doesn’t give the Lord enough of his undivided heart to wait for, and be still before the Lord. To hear from the heart of God what His will is for us in the present moment. We know we have the “Great Commission” given to us by Jesus to tell the world about Him. But for many believers we still are just too busy to hear from God. To walk with Him in intimate fellowship is a constant and conscious effort of freely letting go of your life into the hands of God. But perhaps today we could do something about it. Hear Him!—This is the voice of God the Father’s instruction to us in His written revealed Word. Jesus, the One to whom the Law and the Prophets pointed to (Deuteronomy 18:15), is the One whom the disciples in our text, as well as us believers today, are to listen to and obey.

May the Lord bless your walk with Him today!


Author: rontrujillo

Married 37 years We have six children. All of whom are adult. Three are married one of them blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren. Retired Firefighter @ Boeing Aircraft 37 years (Formally McDonnell Douglas) Born Again Summer of 1981

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