Mark 9:14-29

Meet the King from Mark 9:14-29.

So far the disciples have seen flashes of Jesus power in his teaching, healing and miracles. But day-to-day is also full of the very ordinary, they walked and eat and talk with what appeared to be an ordinary man.

Then at the beginning of chapter 9, Peter, James and John get a glimpse of all Jesus power and glory and they are terrified. Moses and Elijah appear and the implication is clear – Jesus is not doing a new thing, He is the fulfillment of all that the Jewish religion and history were pointing to. And then, as if more proof was needed – God the father speaks: He proclaims His love and approval of all that Jesus has done, will do and is, and God calls the disciples to listen to Him…

Peter, James and John have had an incredible experience and they don’t want to leave the mountain top…
But as they walk down the mountain the words of Jesus reinforced that the Christian faith is not just about great experiences, it is like a roller coaster ride.

Every mountain has a valley in between, and every valley has a mountain. That is what we should expect as a Christian. If we are in a valley at the moment there is a mountain ahead, there are better days to come… However, if you are on a mountain top, be ready, you are going to need God’s help through the valley. We must be so careful, that we don’t live for experience alone; if we do the valleys will cripple our faith.

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