Worship at Home This Week
by Rev. Annie Melick

SCRIPTURE:   Mark 9:2-9                                         

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.


Ponder This

Six days earlier Jesus had explained to the disciples that he would suffer, die, and then be resurrected. Peter rebuked him for saying he would suffer and die when they got to Jerusalem. Now Peter gets so caught up in seeing Jesus’ glory, he wants to set up camp and just stay there on the mountain. Which identity of Christ do you relate to more: the Son of God who shines with glory, or the Son of Man who must suffer and die? What would it look like to for you to experience a balance in your relationship with these two of Christ’s identities? When you think about the glory of Jesus, how does it feel to know he came back down that mountain to suffer and die for us? Do you think the disciples remembered the transfiguration when Jesus appeared after his resurrection?


Son of God, I worship you today in all of your glory, power, and strength. Son of Man, I thank you for humbling yourself to live among us, to suffer, and to die. I praise you for your resurrection, defeating death. Amen.