A View From The Mountain
Bible Text: Mark 9:1-8 (NKJV) | Speaker: Parkey Cobern | Series: Standalone Sermons | We’ve been talking about becoming “mountain climbers” in life. We are called to be a people who climb the mountain of God’s presence – to know Him. For it is upon the mountaintop that we discover our destiny. It is upon the mountaintop that we find out who God is and who we are. It is upon the mountaintop that God reveals to us the mountain of influence we are to take for His glory! Today, let’s climb the mountain with Jesus to get a view from the top.
And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.” Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them. And Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”— because he did not know what to say, for they were greatly afraid. And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” Suddenly, when they had looked around, they saw no one anymore, but only Jesus with themselves.
/// Mark 9:1-8 (NKJV)
If you join us in Israel, you will visit the mountain spoken of here. There is some dispute as to which mountain this happened on – Mt. Tabor or Mt. Hermon, but it was most likely Mt. Hermon. The Bible says that Jesus led them up a high mountain: Mt. Hermon is the highest in Israel (Mt. Tabor not so much). Right before this event is recorded, the disciples are in Caeserea Philippi, the town at the bottom of Mt. Hermon.
Nevertheless, the point is that this event is scheduled for your mountain – the place where you meet with God. Jesus told His disciples – how many are His disciple? He told them that they would not taste death till they saw the kingdom of God present with power. How many want to see the kingdom present with power? You must climb! Jesus led the disciples up. When they arrived, He was transfigured before them.
At the top of the mountain, you get to see who Jesus really is! Once you see Him transfigured, you get transfigured!
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. /// 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)
At the top of the mountain, the disciples saw Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus. At the top of the mountain, everything begins to come together! You don’t have to be afraid! You don’t have to always “say” something. You can sit and just soak in the power and revelation of God. At the top of the mountain, you hear the Father! You are told to listen to Jesus and follow Him. You look around and you no longer see anyone else. All the people who are trying to shape you into what they want you to be – all the people who have offended you – all the people who seem to have your destiny in their hands – all the “talking heads” – all the demons – the IRS – the coworkers – the doctors with the bad report – everyone else who tries to dictate life to you have all disappeared. No one rules the mountaintop but Jesus! And guess what? He goes up the mountain with you, but He also comes down with you! You go back into the “demon possessed valley” with Him! You confront the problems of the day with Him. You go on to the mountain of influence that He has given you with Him. You fight the giants that occupy your inheritance with Him. You accomplish all He has put before you with Him and through Him!
His dominance on the mountain is dominance in the valley. His word on the mountain is law in the valley. His love on the mountain fills up the valley. No matter how dirty – no matter how violent – no matter how barren – no matter how wide – no matter how deep – no matter how dark:
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, until each appears before God in Zion. /// Psalm 84:6-7
Mark 9:1-8 (NKJV)
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)
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