The Mountain Top
“Now about eight days after these teachings, Jesus took with Him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And as He was praying, the appearance of His countenance became altered (different) and His raiment became dazzling white (flashing with the brilliance of lightning).”
Many people have the internal desire to climb to a mountain top to view the surrounding land. During the upcoming Christmas season many families will journey to the mountains to ski and to enjoy various winter sports. Both illustrations show how people are fascinated by the mountain tops and the view from them.
When I lived in the Southwest there was a viewpoint from the McDowell Mountains where you could stand and look down into the Phoenix valley for miles around. The interesting part of that mountain viewpoint is that it was from a supermarket parking lot!
Peter, James and John had a magnificent mountain top experience. Jesus took the three of them to the mountain top to pray and to show them that He was not only a special prophet, but the Son of God. It was on that mountain top the disciples witnessed a spectacular transformation of Jesus. Scripture tells us that: “As He was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothing became dazzling white” (NLT). On the mountain top the three men's experience deepened their understanding of Jesus Christ.
Have you had a mountain top experience in your spiritual life? When you are praying, have you felt the peace of Christ which passes all understanding penetrating within you? Has His presence been so intense within you that you thought you could almost reach out and touch Him?
Would it not be lovely to stay on the mountain top? However we have to be like the climber, the skier, or when we enjoyed the mountain viewpoint; we have to come down from the mountain top. Why do we need to come down? Because while on that mountain top we experienced a closer presence and a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ, and just like Peter, James, and John they had to come down in order to serve Him, and we need to do the same.
Lord God, thank You for giving to us a mountain top experience so we are enabled to carry out Your mission. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington