SNEAK PEAK OF THINGS TO COME


In considering what resurrection means for us, we are given a brief preview in ‘The Transfiguration’. This was a key event in the life of Jesus and some of his friends that raises questions about life beyond the grave. 


It occurs on the heels of Jesus’ preaching about the Cross and the need for disciples to take up their own cross.


Mark 9:2-10
2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
5 Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters-one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
7 Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!"
8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what "rising from the dead" meant.
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On the mountain, Peter, James and John had their eyes opened to see an example of ‘heaven on earth’.  Moses, Elijah and Jesus exist simultaneously and God’s Voice is speaking to them.  There was a brilliance beyond comprehension and a reality that made them tremble in fear. Was this not a preview of things to come?

They did not come up with three versions of the event, but all saw and heard the same thing. They caught a glimpse of a resurrection life that defies our current understanding of life lived in the constant shadow of death.

The parameters of physical existence and perception were broadened in that shared experience.  All of their pre-existent ideas about death and life were being reshaped as they asked, “What does it mean to rise from the dead?” They had just seen Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus and heard God’s voice. They recognized these men though they had been dead for centuries.

This is our blessed hope, that death is not the end. Jesus rose from the grave as the first example of salvation’s lasting effect. Other examples of healing and resurrection eventually succumb to the gravity of the grave. Jesus’ friend Lazarus was raised from the tomb but would eventually return. Jesus brings the promise of a final day when death will no longer be the last word. Consider his words to Lazarus’ sister Martha and think of a Christian you know that has passed away.


John 11:
21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah,the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”


Have you blindly accepted the death sentence without hearing the Judge’s pardon? Jesus rose from the dead and leads the way out of death’s dark prison. Jesus has not only rose from the dead, He is the life that will restore us to the Father. We will fulfill the Creator’s dream to live as His friends forever.

As we each face our mortality, we are offered a way to find ourselves ‘blinking back to life’. Our salvation rests alone in the Resurrected Christ. Other religions and ideologies may offer hopeful solutions to life’s problems. But, only Jesus offers a permanent solution with Resurrection. Others promise immortality, but Jesus demonstrates and delivers it. In the final closing of your eyes, Jesus waits on the other side of death to awaken you to a restored world where God’s ideas run free. Let’s follow Jesus to that reality.




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