(Begin by discussing what all you learned this week with your class. Write out below some of your highlights.)
Today we begin with the question: Is Jesus Lofty?
Many times in church life we can look at Jesus and admire Him, be thankful for him, and even praise him without seeing him as lofty. Much of our lives consist of acts and happenings that are not really lofty. There seems to be nothing that impresses us. But what about when we go somewhere new? Maybe it is the beach, maybe it is the plains, or it could be the mountains. Whatever it is, the encounter with the unique is seen as lofty.
In our life there should be a clear sign that Jesus is lofty. Would you say this is true? If so, why? If not, explain.
Read Mark 9:2-8
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, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.
- Mark 9:2-8
Many of us have prayed for a revelation such as this; a questioning of Jesus or of God to revel his lofty nature to us so that we can have proof of His true power. Oh how great this would be!
What was the response of Peter?
Why did Jesus not want to do what Peter had said?
When we are honest Peters idea sounds as if it would have made for a great “outreach program” for their ministry.
Would it not have brought more people in to their teachings?
In the long run, did this transfiguration impact Peter enough to where He would perfectly follow after Jesus?
When Peter saw the transfiguration he developed a goal in his mind on how to use this to grow their ministry. Yet in the long run Peter still turned out to be an average man who served a lofty Jesus.
Many times we try to convince our self that we need a revelation or sign of Jesus to really follow after Him. But do we really need this?
What do you need in order to be passionate and committed to following after Jesus?
Miracles, historical validity, and probability will never out weight the faith that we have to have in order to follow Jesus. But our faith is not in something little but in someone lofty.
Pray to dismiss