Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Coming Down the Mountain

Mark 9:9

As they came down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Don't tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has risen from death.”

Good News Translation (GNT) Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

So down the side of the mountain they come.
Excitement, confusion, they are filled with an array of emotion,
those who aren't divine.
What did all of this mean?
Elijah, Moses, the teacher's face bathed in radiant sunlight.
They have heard him say to others,
not His chosen,
to keep silent about the miracles witnessed,
but they have never considered themselves stymied by those words.
And what of this rising from death?
How can this occur?
Why should it be allowed to happen?

They are simple men who desire simple lives.
Miracles have been set out before their eyes
like a banquet filled with every treat ever desired.
This man, this prophet, this God
has shown them everything their hearts have longed to see.
They have heard the voice of the Almighty Father speak from the clouds.
This is the son of Yahweh.
This is the one the forefathers have ached for,
and He walks, in stride, beside them.

"Until I rise from death, be silent about all that you have seen."
The three who have been witnesses to the glorification want to call out,
they want to stand upon the mountain top and tell all who will listen
about miracles, about this miracle,
but not about the death He says He must endure.
Why rabbi?
Why teacher?
Why Lord?

None of them yet understand such concepts as salvation,
or how it is to be obtained.
They are aware of life as it is lived, hardship, need and pain.
They understand death as the final breath taken.
Do they have a concept of what lies beyond?
The kingdom of God.
Is it a palace of gold?
Is it a pristine meadow with flowing streams?

Be silent for now for the time will come when you can speak,
when you can shout from the highest pinnacle.
For this man is the son long awaited.
He is the light of the world,
the word that will forever be spoken.
So come down the side of the mountain embracing your joy.
Set all your confusion aside
until the day all answers are given to you.

copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr

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