Monday, April 4, 2011

Lent Day 22 - Mark 9:2-13

Farther misunderstandings about the Messiah. Up on the mountain when Jesus is transfigured Peter, in his fear and lack of understanding, wants to stay. Down off the mountain there is misunderstanding about Jesus speaking about rising again and John the Baptist's ministry. On the mountain we have the voice of God's affirmation of the Son "This is my beloved." The voice goes on to add an imperative: "Listen to Him!" Off the mountain the three disciples are discussing what it means that they are not to tell about this episode until "the Son of Man rose from the dead." So far from their expectation was a dead Messiah, that a risen Messiah made that much less sense. As well, the belief in Jesus' day was a resurrection for all at the end of time. So then it would be meaningless to talk about a time after resurrection when anyone would tell about earthly episodes.
How is Jesus like Moses and Elijah? How has Jesus expanded upon the ministries of Moses and Elijah?
Especially during this season of Lent, what can we do to better listen to Jesus? (Notice this wasn't an option, but a command.) If we did listen better, what do you think we'd hear? Might we too hear the affirmation that we too are God's beloved?
What does Jesus mean that Elijah has already come?

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