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Jesus reveals His deity and Himself as the bridge to heaven.

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Motivation

True discipleship means laying down everything.
Counting the cost. Going ALL IN. Taking up your cross daily. Dying to yourself and living for God alone.
Can you do that?
What if you are struggling with doubts?
What if you are unsure about what that really means?

Let Jesus help with some motivation today.

Let Jesus help with some motivation today.

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Recap:

Jesus explains:
True discipleship means laying down everything.

Counting the cost. Going ALL IN. Taking up your cross daily. Dying to yourself and living for God alone.
Can you do that?
What if you are struggling with doubts?
What if you are unsure about what that really means?
What if you don’t feel good enough?

Let Jesus help with some motivation to DIE DAILY. To Be a true disciple of Christ.

The Real Jesus Shows Up (v. 2-4)

Mark 9:2–4 NKJV
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.
Imagine the scene: Jesus shining like the sun!

The Real Jesus...

(NKJV)
2 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. 3 His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them. 4 And Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
Mark 9:2 NKJV
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.
Mark 9:3 NKJV
His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.

What is Jesus communicating about who He really is?

Jesus is the Creator and Sustainer of ALL things.

The holiness of Jesus is portrayed in the heavenly moment. The light of the world pulls off His mask of humanity to reveal His celestial identity. This is the first and the last! This is the Holy one of God! This is the Creator and sustainer of all things!
Colossians 1:16–17 NKJV
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
John 1:3 NKJV
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
(NKJV)
John 1:1–5 NKJV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
Do you get it yet?
Do you get it yet?
Do you get it yet?
The eternal God is walking this earth in the ultimate act of love for you and for me.
He is explaining to the disciples, "I am GOD!!!!"

Does that “change the game”?

Peter Gets Religious

Religion Shows Up (v. 5-6)

Mark 9:5–6 NKJV
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.
This is great BUT you are too HOLY and PURE and POWERFUL for us.
We can’t be in Your presence!
We should be dead!!
We are terrified!
Hide us from Your glory JESUS!
This doesn’t fit into my religious box.
Peter: “We need to set up rituals and barriers to protect us from the presence of God.”
We Need Religion!! God Himself is too scary!
We need RELIGION!! God Himself is too scary!

God the Father Shows Up (v. 7)

Mark 9:7 NKJV
And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!”
Hebrews 1:3 NKJV
who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Hebrews 1:1–3 NKJV
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Hebrews 1:3
Hebrews 1:3 NKJV
who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Hebrews 1:3 NKJV
who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person

Hebrews 1:3 NKJV
who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
In
Moses meets with God on Mt. Sinai and as a result “REFLECTS” God’s Glory
Exodus 33:18–20 NKJV
And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”
Here, God’s glory is seen again, on another mountain, Moses is present.
Another Mt. Sinai?
NOOOOOOOOO, radically different!
Jesus produces the glory of God!!!!
The Shikanah Glory shines forth from Him!
Moses and Elijah point TO the glory of God.
Jesus is the Glory of God in human form!!
"But Jesus produces the unsurpassable glory of God; it emanates from him. Jesus does not point to the glory of God as Elijah, Moses, and every other prophet has done; Jesus is the glory of God in human form. The author of the book of Hebrews puts it like this: “The Son [Jesus] is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” ()."
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (p. 123). New York: Riverhead Books.

Worship Motivates (v. 8)

Jesus PRODUCES the glory of GOD!!!!!
Moses and Elijah point TO the glory of God!
"Jesus is the Glory of God in human form."
Moses meets with God on Mt Sinai, "reflects" God's glory
18 And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” 19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” 20 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” 21 And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. 22 So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. 23 Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”
Here, God's glory again on another mountain. Moses is present.
Repeat of Mt Sinai? Nope
"But Jesus produces the unsurpassable glory of God; it emanates from him. Jesus does not point to the glory of God as Elijah, Moses, and every other prophet has done; Jesus is the glory of God in human form. The author of the book of Hebrews puts it like this: “The Son [Jesus] is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” ()."
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (p. 123). New York: Riverhead Books.
3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Jesus PRODUCES the glory of GOD!!!!!
The Shikanah glory shines forth from Him!
Moses and Elijah point TO the glory of God!
"Jesus is the Glory of God in human form." Keller

Worshipping Motivates (v. 8)

Mark 9:8 NKJV
Suddenly, when they had looked around, they saw no one anymore, but only Jesus with themselves.
How did Peter, James, and John stand in God’s presence and not die?
God speaks from within the cloud to the terrified disciples.
God speaks from within the cloud to the terrified disciples.
HEAR HIM...
Where is Moses and the law?
Where is Elijah and all the other prophets?
Where is the whole religious system that was set up to deal with their sin and God’s holy Presence?

God deals with the Religious response

8 Suddenly, when they had looked around, they saw no one anymore, but only Jesus with themselves.
God speaks from within the cloud to the terrified disciples.
"He spoke out of the cloud—it was his raw presence, which the Israelites knew was fatal. When God told Moses, “No one can see my face and live,” he was saying that there’s an infinite gap between deity and humanity. “You can’t take my reality,” said God; “you can’t endure the presence of my holiness, my glory. It would destroy you.""
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (pp. 123–124). New York: Riverhead Books.
It’s all GONE!
The disciples are terrified!
Hear Him...
5 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”—6 because he did not know what to say, for they were greatly afraid.
Who remains?
"What Peter is actually saying here is, “We need a tabernacle, we need to set up rituals, to protect us from the presence of God.”"
Where is Moses and the law?
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (p. 124). New York: Riverhead Books.
Where is Elijah and all the other prophets?

Jesus. (Pause)

Jesus is the bridge to a right relationship with God.

Tim Keller
“Jesus is the temple and tabernacle to end all temples and tabernacles, because he is the sacrifice to end all sacrifices, the ultimate priest to point the way for all priests."
Where is the whole religious system that was set up to deal with their sin and God’s holy presence?
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (pp. 124–125). New York: Riverhead Books.
Jesus is the answer!

Look at how God brings them to this knowledge.

It’s beautiful!
It’s overwhelming and intimate.
It’s shocking and comforting in the same moment.
What did these three men experience in the awe-filled moment before the glory of God?

Worship!!!!

You may believe in Jesus as Peter did. (“You are the Christ”)
You may be weighing the call from Jesus to become a TRUE DISCIPLE. To lay it all down and follow Him.
But have you experienced the Real JESUS?
Have you worshipped Him as HE IS?

As GOD?

In conclusion:

If you need more motivation to give your life to Jesus, here it is...

Jesus points to His death to prove His love

It’s GONE!!!!
Who remains?
Jesus. (Pause)

Jesus. (Pause)

Jesus is the bridge to a right relationship with God.
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (pp. 124–125). New York: Riverhead Books.
Jesus is the answer! This is God's MASTER PLAN.
Look at how God brings them into this knowledge.
It's beautiful!
It's overwhelming and intimate.
It's shocking and comforting in the same moment.
What did these three men experience in the awe-filled moment before the glory of God?
WORSHIP!!!
You may be weighing the call from Jesus to become a true disciple. To lay it all down and follow Him.
But have you EXPERIENCED the very presence of God?
Have you worshipped Him AS HE IS?
AS GOD?
(ALT ENDING IF GOING LATE)

Jesus pointing to His death to prove His love

Mark 9:9–10 NKJV
Now as they came down from the mountain, He commanded them that they should tell no one the things they had seen, till the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept this word to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant.
You will see and you will know how much I love you.
"On the mountain we see the life he has always led—embraced and clothed with the love and light of God—but on the cross he will be naked in the dark."
Tim Keller Quote:
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (p. 133). New York: Riverhead Books.
You may know in your head that God loves you—but sometimes the Spirit makes it especially clear to you that that is the case. Sometimes you go to the mountain. Sometimes through the Spirit you can hear God make a statement of unconditional, permanent, intimate love. Sometimes you don’t just know about God’s love but in your heart you actually hear God saying, “You’re my daughter, you’re my son, I love you. I would go to infinite cost and infinite depths not to lose you—and I have.”
You may know in your head that God loves you—but sometimes the Spirit makes it especially clear to you that that is the case. Sometimes you go to the mountain. Sometimes through the Spirit you can hear God make a statement of unconditional, permanent, intimate love. Sometimes you don’t just know about God’s love but in your heart you actually hear God saying, “You’re my daughter, you’re my son, I love you. I would go to infinite cost and infinite depths not to lose you—and I have.”
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (p. 133). New York: Riverhead Books.

Mark 9:11–13 NKJV
And they asked Him, saying, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” Then He answered and told them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and restores all things. And how is it written concerning the Son of Man, that He must suffer many things and be treated with contempt? But I say to you that Elijah has also come, and they did to him whatever they wished, as it is written of him.”
So the disciples are saying, “Hey, we just saw Elijah up there. The Day of the Lord must be near! Why all this talk about death? Elijah is here.” Jesus lays them flat: “I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (p. 127). New York: Riverhead Books.
Just as Elijah’s coming was a herald of the Lord’s coming, so Elijah’s execution (John the Baptist had been beheaded by Herod) is a herald of the Lord’s execution.
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (p. 128). New York: Riverhead Books.
Jesus had new encouragement from His Father through His presence and affirmation to resolutely go to the Cross.
Strengthening the disciples:
The transfiguration is not just a miraculous parlor trick to convince the disciples of Jesus’s deity. It is an experience of collective worship that they are going to need for what’s ahead.
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (p. 129). New York: Riverhead Books.

Arrogently inadequate and helplessness repentent

Mark 9:17–29 NKJV
Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
The disciples are trying to exorcise a demon. But they have been trying to exorcise it without praying. How arrogant, how clueless they are about their inadequacy to deal with the evil and suffering of the world. The disciples tried prayerless exorcism for the same reason that they couldn’t understand why Jesus had to die—they didn’t see how weak and proud they were. They underestimated the power of evil in the world and in themselves.
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (pp. 131–132). New York: Riverhead Books.
Only one figure in this entire scene is acknowledging his weakness, admitting that he does not have what it takes to handle the suffering and evil that he faces—the father of the boy
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (p. 132). New York: Riverhead Books.
Through Jesus we don’t need perfect righteousness, just repentant helplessness, to access the presence of God.
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (p. 132). New York: Riverhead Books.
The boy’s father says, “I’m not faithful, I am riddled with doubts, and I cannot muster the strength necessary to meet my moral and spiritual challenges. But help me.”
Keller, T. (2013). Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God (p. 132). New York: Riverhead Books.
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