Keeping A Secret
It’s tough to keep a secret. When our church family wanted to give Mary a surprise birthday party, they gave strict orders to everyone that might spill the beans to lock their lips. I had to make sure that none of our kids told her, and devised an elaborate plan about taking everyone to play in the park, including Mary, and then suddenly getting a message that we all needed to get to church. After walking into the decorated fellowship hall, hearing the shout of “Surprise!” and then “Happy Birthday To You” I thought we had pulled off the perfect surprise. I breathed a sigh of relief.
Mary let us all enjoy the moments. She gave her perfect surprised reaction, and then later that night she said, “Dave, I hate to tell you, but my brother called me a week ago. He hates surprises and felt his sister did too. So, I knew all about the party.”
Mary’ brother couldn’t keep a secret, and there was little consequence. But if Peter, James, and John hadn’t kept their mouths shut about seeing Jesus transformed before them on the mountain, there would have been no cross, and no sacrifice for our forgiveness.
“And coming down out of the mountain, Jesus commanded Peter, James, and John not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They kept the matter a secret among themselves. They were, however, discussing what this rising from the dead was all about.”
We’ve seen the crowd chase Jesus from one side of the Sea of Galilee to the other, recognize the power of his teaching and heal all their diseases. If his most trusted disciple hadn’t obeyed Jesus and kept the secret of the Transfiguration where they saw Jesus in all his blinding radiating majesty, like the Shekinah in the Holy Place of the Temple, the crowd would have crowned him King.
He would not have been rejected in Jerusalem. He would not have died for us, and there would have been no need for the resurrection. Sometimes it’s absolutely essential to keep a secret. And I’m thankful that Peter, James, and John obeyed, and that Mark was honest about their struggle to discern what Jesus was talking about when he said before the crucifixion repeatedly that he would die, but he would also rise from the dead.
LORD, help me to realize now that Jesus is risen, it’s time to shout from the house tops the secrets he told his disciples before the cross.
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