When Time Magazine wanted to sell their special edition on the 100 most influential people in the world, they chose the gorgeous Jennifer Lopez in a dazzling provocative white dress for their cover. The secular world knows that there’s something about lightning white that demands our attention. Could this wonder, adoration, and submission to dazzling, blinding white raiment be a yearning that should lead us to the ultimate true star?
As Jesus and his disciples turned toward Jerusalem, he prepared them by clearly predicting his rejection, suffering, and the cross, but he also told them it would not end in death. He would rise from the dead. They didn’t get it. So, to give them even more assurance that the Story would have a good ending, Jesus took three of his closest disciples aside and gave them a glimpse of his glory high on a mountain, close to where Peter confessed that Jesus was the Messiah.
“Now six days after Jesus had said that some of his disciples would not taste death until they had seen the powerful arrival of God’s Kingdom, Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him and led them up a high mountain to get some private time alone. And he was transformed before them. His garments were radiating extreme white like a white-hot refiner’s fire, like no earthly whitener could ever make them.
Elijah appeared before them together with Moses. They were taking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let’s make three tabernacles, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ The truth was he had no idea how to respond because he was terrified. A cloud came and covered them and there was a voice out of the cloud, ‘This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.’ Suddenly, they looked around and saw no one but Jesus alone with them.” Mark 9:2-7
For a brief moment in time Jesus allowed Peter, James, and John to see him in all of his glory. We must not forget. This beloved Son of God, who could suddenly be transformed and display a tiny fraction of his heavenly light, could also have incinerated Caiaphas, Pilate, and the crowd at the foot of the cross. Instead, he died alone because he loves us and wanted to give us this same kind of dazzling pure, holy, heavenly garment based on his atoning death.
LORD, speaking this morning at Word of Life in the auditorium where dad used to sit on the second row with his red Bible open, I missed him. It’s hard to remember him in the intensive care unit, weak and not able to talk to me with that powerful voice. Thank you, Lord Jesus, that your dazzling power, purity, and holiness will never fade. Thanks that when I see dad again he will be clothed in those garments that are whiter than snow, just like you.
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