Mark: Day 10

Jesus’ Glory Revealed

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Today's Text: Mark 9:2-50, Philippians 1:15-18

Text: Mark 9:2-50, Philippians 1:15-18

I love to get down to business. If we are in a swimming pool, I can’t handle any of that standing and splashing around nonsense. I’d rather accomplish something and swim. If I have something important to tell you, I’ll rush it every time, forgetting to shoot the breeze first. I just love to keep things moving along and attend to the business at hand.

When Peter suddenly finds himself face to face with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah transfigured, he immediately switches on his “Let’s do something!” response. Just look at his reaction. He doesn’t know what to do or say, so he scrambles and offers to build a tabernacle. Never mind that he doesn’t have tools or supplies. He sees God incarnate and his natural response is,  “Let’s build a place to honor—and maybe hide—some of this awful glory.”

Just like Peter, when I think of how to interact with the glory of God, I want to rush to fix things, to hurry and set up the proper structure for Him. I’m inclined to scramble when faced with His glory, because I’m usually only focused on my own role instead of His.

When Jesus appears transfigured with Moses and Elijah, one of the many things He’s proving is that He is His Father’s Man. He stands illuminated with Moses, a symbol of the Law, and Elijah, a symbol of the prophets, and shows us that He is the literal embodiment of both. But Jesus is not just some symbolic fulfillment; His actual person fulfills the words of the prophets and the strictures of the Law (Matthew 5:17). He is doing His Father’s will, and it is blindingly glorious.

In the face of this shining glory we find Peter. He was chosen by Christ to be the rock of the church (Matthew 16:18)—he’s a big deal among the disciples. But Peter was still trying to figure out what it really meant for Jesus to be who He is. I imagine it’s hard to see all the might and power of the universe sitting on the shoulders of a teacher and friend. On the Mount of Transfiguration, Peter is trying his best to work it all out. But his best is still human understanding, and when it comes to the infinite, there’s a point where we just have to acknowledge our limitations.

When we glimpse the glory of God, we’re often like Peter: ready to go build tabernacles (or whatever seems right for the moment) and get started right away. But God speaks and gently redirects us, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” (Mark 9:7).

Later, when Jesus heals the sick child, the response of the boy’s father is beautiful, yet simple: I do believe, but help me to understand (Mark 9:24, my paraphrase). Peter’s response could have been the same as that grieving father’s: Jesus! I believe. Help me to understand!

It’s not about me. It’s not about my belief or my ability to solve problems quickly. It’s about Christ revealed. God’s own glory is the centerpiece, not any human notion.

Father, give us eyes to see as You see.

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  • I love Mark 9:24 “I do believe! Help my unbelief.” Such a powerful verse that says so much and can be applied to many areas and events in our lives.

  • Marytony

    What a beautiful reminder and powerful words today! I confess that I am an activity freak as well, I have to be doing something all the time, and try to relate to my savior through ministry/service instead of relationship. And today’s devotional was a mirror in my face showing me this.

  • So good to know how big the Lord is. Feeling nervous as I go into my first big ultrasound today to check on baby’s health. Prayers much appreciated as I struggle to lean on Him.

    • Kristin

      Praying for you and your baby, M!

      • M

        Thank you Kristin!! All looked well and it was insane to see our little one moving all around. Praise the Lord!

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying for you, sweet M. Thankful for reminders of how big the Lord is, and praying those reminders continue throughout your day.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

    • Lucy

      Praying for you today M. Lean on him who holds everyone in his hands. x

      • M

        Thank you Lucy! That is my daily goal. All looked well and it was insane to see our little one moving all around. Praise the Lord!

    • Nikravesous

      Praying for you M! This is an exciting and scary time for you but the Lord has you and your child. Blessings!-

      • M

        Nikravesous so so true. Thank you for the encouragement. All looked well and it was insane to see our little one moving all around. Praise the Lord!

  • I love how the voice from heaven says, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” (Mark 9:7).

    I’m reminded that, like Peter, when we are so taken up by God’s glory, instead of immediately trying to DO something, I ought to first be LISTENing to Jesus.

    Not just hearing, but listening and understanding… What would Jesus do in my place? What does God want me to do? So important to discern God’s will and to only do what the Father is doing.

    • Rose

      Thank you for making that thought a little clearer for me today. I often struggle with doing as well. When in doubt I just do something instead of sitting, waiting, listening for direction.

      It’s important to just sit and listen and be in awe of the glory of God.

  • Carrie Rogers

    Please help my unbelief!!!

  • There is a juxtaposition between a desire we have for both anonymity and fame. Again and again we read how Jesus does good works and performs miracles, and asks for those who receive the benefit of his gifts to not tell anyone. Rarely do we read anyone asking why they were to not share, rather we read they gloriously and excitedly shared what happened to them when they encountered Him. To keep it a secret or to share …

    We want to get to the point, arrive quickly at the solution, but then remember that developing the relationship along the way matters too.

    Perhaps it’s like Mary in the kitchen tidying up, and her sister dropping everything to meet with Jesus, we are reminded to take, and make time, to listen to Him. To slow down and breathe, take in the sunrise, and look toward the light which creates the shadows.

    I am thankful that these studies realistically offer a framework by which we may slow down and breathe every day.

  • Christine

    So many times in Mark’s gospel do we see the disciples lack of understanding, followed almost immediately by fear. That’s always our first impulse when we don’t understand something, or someone. We fear them. Lord I pray that we would stand in faith when we are confronted with something we don’t understand. That we would trust in You Jesus, instead of falling into anxiety and fear. Break this pattern in my life Lord. I trust you. I don’t have to understand everything – because I have you, and you are sovereign! I believe, help my unbelief!

  • Tochi Heredia

    Scripture convicted me today. I’ve been failing miserably at life lately, struggling with anxiety, stress and a little resentment. Even though I read the Bible every morning, it’s been hard to focus on its truths and I haven’t been able to pray.

    A couple of days ago I had finally been able to connect with the Word and I poured out my heart to God’s feet. I felt determined to change my habits and take hold of His fullness. How long did my resolve last? Barely a day.

    Physical pain came along, and I took my eyes off His face. I focused on my temporary need and I filled the void with stupid, worthless entertainment.

    I was trying to to transform my life through my own devices and I ended up sinning against Him.

    Today’s reading reminded me of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis. There’s an obnoxious character name Eustace who undergoes a very painful transformation —he is scrubbed clean by the lion Aslan until his skin is literally raw. He had to go through that pain in order to be truly transfigured.

    That’s my prayer today. That we can see the pain and hardships in this life not as an excuse for sin or self-pity, but as part of our glorious journey of becoming more like Christ.

    Lots of love, sisters!
    xx

    • Alexis

      “He is scrubbed clean by the lion Aslan until his skin is literally raw. He had to go through that pain in order to be truly transfigured.

      That’s my prayer today. That we can see the pain and hardships in this life not as an excuse for sin or self-pity, but as part of our glorious journey of becoming more like Christ.”

      I love this!
      Prayers to you for your pain and struggle. Know that God is with you and is pleased with you.

    • Marytony

      Dear Tochi, I can totally relate to what you are sharing. Remember that there is nothing in the whole world that would make God love us any more, nor there is nothing that would make Him love us any less than He already does. It is not about your performance or your capacity to do/pray/etc… It is about His capacity (which is infinite!). Just rest in this truth. Praying for you!

  • Caroline

    This is so good! It’s always about him!!!

    http://www.in-due-time.com

  • Churchmouse

    Praying for peace and wisdom for you, Courtney, and for you also, Natalia.

  • Jennifer W.

    This is very good. Having been in ministry roles since I was a young teen, everything from children’s Bible teacher to full-time missionary, I have a huge tendency to focus on my role in the work that God is doing. I need to be like John the Baptist and “get over myself” allowing Christ to increase and myself to decrease in light of His glory.

  • Leenda324

    Asking for prayer this morning as I prepare to go into a major presentation with a tough crowd. My own strength is weak. I need the Father to uphold me, give me favor and the words to speak.

  • I think it’s so interesting how in almost every scenario described, Jesus asked questions. As I read those parts I couldn’t help but think, “Why did He do that? He already knew the answer.” But Jesus wants us to communicate with Him and talk with Him about our concerns, thoughts, and fears. He craves that communication with us! How amazing is that!

    • Mandy

      So true Kristi ! So good to be reminded that the God of the universe wants to be in relationship with us :)

  • While I was reading today, Philippians 1:15-18 really stuck with me. Paul describes how some people preach the Gospel with selfish ambition, while others do it out of love. The punch line, however, is that either way, Christ’s name is being preached, and Paul tells us that is something to REJOICE in! How often do I look at other people, ministries, or churches and find something wrong with them? I count them as hopeless or useless because I might not agree with everything they do or HOW they minister to others…but regardless, I will REJOICE because the Gospel is still being preached! There is so much freedom in knowing that even when my messy, selfish, and broken heart shares the Gospel (often out of guilt or fear and not out of love), God will still rejoice! Praise Him.

  • Courtney

    Loved diving into the world with you ladies. Please pray for my husband and I today..we are going through a rough patch(about finances) and he has said some really hurtful things..it makes me feel like money is more important to him than me. I am hurt, worn out and broken. Please pray God would soften is heart and want to lead me.

    • candacejo

      Praying for both of you this morning, Courtney. God is able ♥

    • Alexandra

      Praying for the two of you!

    • Natalia Rivera

      Courtney I’m going through the same thing. I know how horrible it feels. We decided to homeschool the kids and I don’t work and going trough financial difficulties makes me feel very worthless and selfish in providing an income to help us financially. I’ll be praying for you this morning. ❤️

      • Jennifer W.

        I am praying too! I don’t know your details- I feel similar to Natalia sometimes, as I am trying to get to stay at home with my baby too! I know that in a man’s heart, these financial things rarely have to do with their love for us, and I hope God gives you some peace and insight into your husband’s struggle! Finances can be so polarizing, but when God shows up and lets us work together, they can be one of the most binding team projects of our marriage!

    • Tamisha

      I’m praying for you and your husband…God said that he will suppl all your needs according to riches in glory. My dear your blessing it coming, God always make a way. Keep the faith and God will do the rest!

  • This verse…. “All at once they looked around and saw no one with them anymore, except Jesus alone”. How many times do we need to be reminded there is no one else who can do for us what He can? How many times do we look for our answers in others or things or places? Why do we struggle with the simplicity of Jesus and Who He is? The answer in our lives is simple, it’s always Jesus. We just need to believe.” Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, ‘I do believe, help my unbelief’ Mark 9:24

  • The Scripture reading today stated that Jesus took Peter, James & John on a mountain to be alone with Him. I’m grateful for every moment in my day when I pull away to be with Jesus in His Word, through prayer, praise and worship. It is in those moments that I get a more distinct view of His glory, His presence and His will. Truly grateful for time with Jesus. May we never take this time for granted.

  • Churchmouse

    For those with eyes to see, there are glimpses of transfiguration. The wise parents of the bride do not look at their daughter as she comes down the aisle, but rather they look at the bridegroom. They see his nervous grin transform to a smile that consumes his entire person. The face of a new mom who cradles her child to her breast for the very first time. The light in the eyes of the one who sees her airman as his heads toward her on return from his deployment. The hand grasped tightly and the eyes that find recognition as they look across a hospital bed. Small glimpses of transfiguration. Small glory glimpses. This passage of Jesus ‘ transfiguration demands I read slow. To take in the wonder. The amazement. Even the incongruity of what occurs. I can hardly believe and yet… There is GLORY! Right there! I stand on my back porch this morning and watch the sun rise. Is today the day, Lord when you will split the eastern sky and reveal yourself in glory again? Could it be today? Even so, come, Lord Jesus, come.

  • Sarah_Joy

    We look through the lens of our human understanding, yet all of God cannot fit into our finite minds. God, I want to receive what You have for me without trying to control it or cut it down to my size. May I remember that You are God, and I am not.

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