“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white…And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, ‘This is my beloved Son; listen to him.’” Mark 9:2-3, 7
In a sermon I heard earlier this week, we looked at Jesus as our supreme treasure, the whole purpose of our lives. As I listened, I saw this: when we encounter Christ, we see His supreme worth and realize that not one thing we could lose compares to the treasure of Him. Whether we may lose freedom, possessions, family, friends, the respect of others—no matter what is at stake—none of it compares to Jesus and all that we find in Him.
I was reminded of the prophets in the Old Testament. We see in the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel how God revealed Himself to these prophets before He called them to a very difficult life. In order to prepare these men for the path before them, the path He would lead them down, the God of Heaven knew they needed to encounter Him. Isaiah and Ezekiel both had wondrous visions of the throne room of God. They saw His glory. That magnificent, indescribable glory. Jeremiah records the word of the LORD when it first came to him, telling him that before he was formed in the womb, God knew him and appointed him as a prophet to the nations. God assured this young man that age wasn’t a factor, that as young or inexperienced as he was, God was going to use Jeremiah and be faithful to put His words in his mouth, that He would be with him and protect him no matter how others came against him.
The encounters in Scripture vary greatly. But I believe they are each tailor-made to fit the circumstance and the person God wants to reach. This passage in Mark is another example. Jesus doesn’t explain why He chooses to take Peter, James and John to the mountain so they can experience this moment. But I think it was part of His preparing them for the difficult road ahead. He knew what their hearts needed in order to be strengthened and ready to live and die for Him. Jesus knows what we need as well. As recorded encounters with our Lord vary, so do the encounters each of us have with Him. He reveals Himself to us in our circumstances, in our pain, in our sin, breaking through our ordinary days and stunning our hearts with His glory. He is worth living every moment for. He is worth dying for. Because of everything in creation, everything on earth and above the earth and under the earth, Jesus is the treasure that far surpasses it all, bringing joy to our soul and flooding our lives with His glorious, all-satisfying purpose.