Spend Time With Christ – Part 2
As the disciples watched the glory and majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ on that mount of transfiguration, everything else paled into insignificance. Nothing mattered anymore; neither the events in the valley nor the inconveniences on the mountain. They were content just to remain there.
No wonder, Peter spoke the mind of them all. He said: “Lord, it is good for us to be here”. He was in essence, saying that with Christ in their midst, there was no better place on earth to be, for this was heaven itself. He also implied that Christ’s glory filling the mount was worth more than all the pleasures earthly things could afford. To Peter, James and John, being present on the mount to witness such a rare occurrence, to get a glimpse of heaven, was akin to finding the proverbial pearl of greatest price.
They seemed to be saying: “We have been here but less than a day, and what shall it be if we were to stay here for more days!” Although Peter and his companions did not plan this meeting, yet now they had great expectations at the prospect of remaining on the mount with Christ.
“But we all with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (Corinthians 3:18). We reap unprecedented spiritual and physical blessings from retreats only if we resolve to approach it with an attitude of positive faith and great expectations. At such occasions, we pray more fervently, prepare more adequately, if we truly believe that Jesus Christ is present and ready to bless us.
After the Mount of Transfiguration experience, things were no longer the same with the privileged apostles. Faith took on a new, deeper meaning and consecration assumed far richer dimensions. They had always known that their Lord and Master was worth living for; now, they realised He was also worth dying for.
The spiritual impact of the “retreat” upon Peter, James and John continued to reverberate in their lives and ministry. The blessings of such an event include: (i) repentance and its fruits (ii) holiness and righteousness, (iii) fullness of Holy Spirit power, (iv) greater faith for exploits, (v) miracles, signs and wonders, (vi) revived, prevailing prayer life, (vii) faithfulness in life and service, (viii) sweet fellowship a brethren, (ix) fervency in winning the lost, (x) renewed focus in preparation for the Lord’s return. We must count it a rare privilege to spend time apart with the Lord. At such occasions, there is always a fulfilment of the promise of showers of blessings!
Further Reading (King James Version): Matthew 17: 1-8; 2 Peter 1:16-18; Matthew 17: 1-8; 2 Peter 1:16-18; John 1: 5-18; 1 John 1:1-3; Revelation 1: 10-18; Hebrews 2: 9-11; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Mark 6: 30, 31; Matthew 17: 4-6; John 12: 20-26; Romans 12: 1,2; Isaiah 40: 28-31; 41: 1, 10-16; Ephesians 4:23,24; Isaiah 43: 18-21; Proverbs 23:18; 24: 14; Matthews 17:7, 8; Genesis 32:24-28; 1 kings 19: 5-8; Isaiah 6: 5-8; Jeremiah 1: 9-12, 17-19; Daniel 10: 16-19; Ephesians 3: 16-20; Romans 8: 37-39.
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