Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and brought them to the top of a very high mountain where they were alone. He was transformed in front of them, 3 and his clothes were amazingly bright, brighter than if they had been bleached white. – Mark 9:2-3
So I’m a little bit excited about church today. I always enjoy the opportunity to play guitar and/or sing, but this time I was invited to sit in with pastor John, Katherine (director of children, family, and youth ministries), and Brett Patton for a really cool song.
That’s right, I may be turning 65 next month but I get to play music with the young people!
The song we’re singing covers an interesting topic, too. Rebekah is preaching on the Mark 9 passage about “The Transfiguration,” where Jesus takes some of his closest friends up a mountain and knocks their socks off by transforming into radiant heavenly glory.
It’s a really intense moment, one that religious artists have tried time and again to represent on canvas – yet always falling woefully short.
That’s why I like the approach the song we’re singing takes (Walk Down This Mountain by Bebo Norman), focusing on what effect Jesus has on his friends rather than trying to explain the transfiguration itelf.
“I’ve seen your face, full of the light that only this height can show…” Norman writes. “So walk down this mountain with your heart held high. Follow in the footsteps of your maker, with this love that’s gone before you and these people at your side.”
Then, in a beautiful testimony to the power of self-giving love, “If you offer up your broken cup, You will taste the meaning of this life…”
Jesus offers this amazing gift of meaning. But it asks for a kind of brokenness in return; Christ offers life in exchange for us offering our lives too.
I have ascended many mountain tops, both figurative heights and also climbs that left me breathless both from exhaustion and wonder.
That’s where Jesus want to take us. Breathless into the possibilities.
For a Sunday morning, I’d say that’s a fair invitation to something more, something beyond. – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.