‘Listen! My Lover! Look! Here He comes! Leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills…
‘Come away my Lover, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the spice laden mountains’ (SS 2:8; 8:14)
“Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, HE LED THEM UP ON A HIGH MOUNTAIN by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is MY BELOVED SON, in whom I am well pleased. HEAR HIM! ” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them and said, “ARISE AND DO NOT BE AFRAID! “
When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but JESUS ONLY” (Mat 17:1-8)
The Promised Land is relatively small in size. It is a land of great contrasts, never boring. It has very fertile areas and also desert places. It has mountains and valleys. While on earth, our Lord’s life was connected with different mountains.
The devil took Jesus on a mountain to tempt Him. Jesus thought His first sermon on the Mountain of Beatitudes. He was transfigured on Mount Tabor. He was crucified on Golgotha Hill and ascended to heaven from the Mount of Olives (Mt 4:8, 5-7; 17:1- 8; 28:16; Lk 24:50, 51; Jn 19:17).
Today we shall discuss about the transfiguration of our Lord. We did He do that? What is the value of this experience? What are the lessons for us today?
Our prophetic word shall be: ‘It is time to climb up!’
We trust that the Holy Spirit shall help us to understand the message He speaks to the churches, in Jesus name, amen!
FIRST WARNING- PREPARE AND CLIMB SLOWLY!
We shall climb slowly to avoid what is called Altitude sickness: This is a medical advice but we shall apply it spiritually to our situations. Read and pray:
The human body behaves best at the sea level altitude where the oxygen level is 21%. The higher man goes, the more the challenge increases for the body to adapt to the lower concentration of oxygen.
The body becomes sick at an altitude higher than 2000 meters. The air becomes thinner and the low oxygen is affecting the body. Altitude sickness usually occurs following a rapid ascent and can usually be prevented by climbing slowly.
Generally, the symptoms resemble the flu (or malaria): weakness of the body and of the mind, loss of appetite, headache, fatigue, stomach illness, dizziness and sleep disturbances (insomnia)
Some athletes train at higher altitudes and their red blood cells adapt by increasing the number. Then they come down to compete and they have the advantage in the race.
There is a limit after which the body cannot adapt to the low level of oxygen. The height above 8000 meters is called ‘death zone’ for no man can live there for long.
Now you can appreciate the sacrifice some men have paid to climb the highest mountains of this world. That is why they are called real champions. Any mistake at that altitude is fatal. It takes much preparation and courage to be a true champion!
These are basic revelations received ‘on the mountain’:
*Jesus Christ is Jehovah God!
Jesus Christ is God, Jehovah Elohim, the Creator of the heaven and earth!
On the mountain, we shall have an encounter with the Trinity! This will purify, establish and enlarge our spiritual vision of God. It will also plant the supernatural desire and burden for revival, on behalf of the people left behind in the valley.
Lesson: God knows when we dwell for too long in the valleys of life; when we become infatuated with family concerns, work, ministry, material prosperity, sickness and other temptations. We tend to forget the truth that Jesus is not just our Teacher, Savior and Friend. He is always much more than that: Jesus is God! He will call us to a higher vision of Himself!
*Jesus Christ alone choses the place for the revelation of His glory!
It is the desire of the Lord for us to go higher in our spiritual life. We do not go up on the mountain by ourselves. Jesus ‘led them up’ and they followed. Jesus chose the particular place to reveal His glory. Jesus will choose the particular form of blessing and promotion for you, as a background for His glory in your life.
Lesson: Do not assume that you know the place of blessings. Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus! (Lk 9:23)
*Jesus alone choses the particular people who shall be ‘promoted’ spiritually!
Jesus had many followers, coming along for different reasons. From among the crowd He chose 70 and He gave them the blessing of ministry. Furthermore, He chose the 12 disciples who followed Him closer. But for this trip on the mountain, to receive this peculiar intimate revelation about His person, He further selects only three: Peter, James and John. These three are clearly the most spiritual, dedicated and loyal to Him. They are the same three who follow Jesus in the house of Jairus, to witness the miracles of resurrection of his daughter. Peter, James and John were also the same three who followed Him to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mk 5:37; Mt 26:37)
The lesson is this: be humble and faithful in the ‘valley’ ministry and God will call you to climb unto His Mountain!
Your reward will be the priceless gift called ‘the assurance of salvation’. God will seal you with greater understanding, anointing and authority for ministry.
This is what Peter said later:
‘For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we heard this voice which came from
heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain (2Pet 1:16-18)
May you desire a fresh encounter with our Lord!
May you long for His presence only!
May you have the courage to leave behind your family and friends, and pay the price to climb the mountain of holiness!
May you pay the price and pray for revival!
In Jesus name, amen!