January 15, 2023
2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.
5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
6 For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.
7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
8 And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.
9 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.
10 And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.
11 And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?
12 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.
13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.
Interesting set of verses. Elias (Elijah) was taken up to heaven by a chariot; he didn’t die – he entered heaven a living, breathing human being (2Kings 2: 11 ” And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven”). Jesus, after the Resurrection, was taken up to heaven a living, breathing human being (Who was, of course, fully divine as well). We can’t chuckle at the disciples in this instance; we have no fuller knowledge today – 2000+ years later – how such a thing could happen than they did as it happened. There are some things we’re simply not to know til we (please, God) get there ourselves.
4 thoughts on “St. Mark 9: 2 – 13”
To me this is one of the most interesting writings in the Bible. It tells us there is amazing power in heaven. No one on earth will ever understand until Jesus comes back and it is his will to allow us this knowledge.
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The entire premise is a life-time’s worth of contemplation and still we’ll never get a bead on it. One of those ‘mysteries’.
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The mystery is part of faith. And life.
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You’ve captured that beautifully. It is indeed.