Week 10: The Transfiguration

Read: Mark 9:2–13

Reflect: Anytime something marvelous happens in scripture; it would be wise for the reader to look into what is happening in and around that moment, making the marvel purposeful. Prior to witnessing the transfiguration, the disciples had just heard Jesus foretell His death and resurrection. If you were in their shoes, you might have reacted like Peter did and tried to rebuke Jesus, telling Him, “There must be a better way to go about this!” Jesus knew what He was doing, but his disciples were yet to get on board. Then, after a few days, in a moment that is indescribable, Jesus took a few of his disciples on a mountain and was transfigured before them. Nothing builds confidence quite like seeing the glory of God manifest itself right in front of you! This gave the disciples great faith to follow Christ in the way of the cross as He called them to in Mark 8:34–38. And this call is the same call Christ gives us: to deny ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow Him.

Next Step: What’s going on in your life right now that doesn’t make sense? Instead of focusing your thoughts on reasons to worry, focus your thoughts on parts of Jesus’ glory. When we do this, we remind ourselves of Who is in control of our story. This should give us great peace!

Pray: Heavenly Father, if I can speak honestly, your plans for my life don’t always make the most sense. I often find myself wondering if you are actually watching or still care about the situation I’m in. Help me to think more about how glorious you are and how, because of that, I can have confidence in your plans for my life.

Luke Freiburg
Generations Pastor

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