READ: Mark 9:2-13
- This text is almost exactly in the middle of Mark’s gospel. The specific verses that state God’s call are almost exactly in the middle of this paragraph. The transfiguration story is God’s affirmation that Peter was correct when he said, “You are the Christ” (8:29). In spite of the fact that Peter had trouble believing Jesus, God was going to underline the truth of Peter’s words. So, Peter, James and John got to see Jesus transfigured in His glory.
- On that mountaintop, the two main voices of the Old Testament appeared: Moses and Elijah. Peter, James and John wanted to treat them all equally. God said, “Listen to my Son.” That was God’s perspective. Mark, as he narrates the story, makes God’s perspective abundantly clear when he says, “they saw no one, except Jesus, only.” He underlines God’s command. We are to listen to the voice of Jesus…no one else.
- We face a gazillion voices every day. Some of them are loud and obnoxious, others mild and soft. But they are there, all the time. Some are on billboards, some on TV, some on the radio, and some across the kitchen table. They all want us to listen to them. God says, “Listen to Jesus, only.” This whole series in Mark will, in one way or another, address the question of how/why to listen to Jesus. He must become the most significant voice in our life.
- Whose voices influence you the most?
- How hard is it for the voice of Jesus to penetrate through the other voices vying for your attention?
- What can you do to be a better listener?
PRAY: Thank God for having a voice to listen to. Pray that you can hear Him clearly. Commit to listening for the voice of Jesus.