Is it unreasonable to imagine that even Jesus struggled at times with the tasks God had given Him to do? When the time came near for Him to be crucified, in John 12:27, Jesus said “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour”. His soul was troubled. He was strong on this occasion, but later He did in fact did ask the Father to save Him from the hour (of suffering), when prayed in the garden, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39).
It could be this same concern that led him to the mountain of transfiguration.
Background: In Luke 9 Jesus was very popular among the people, especially because of His miracles. But that had to change. Soon after feeding the 5000, in Luke 9:22 He told his disciples, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”
In Matthew’s account Peter told Jesus this would never happened to Him, that He would never have to die (Matthew 16:22-23) to which Jesus said “Get behind me Satan”.
Imagine coming to grips with that reality…the time has come that I must go to Jerusalem where I will be brutally murdered.
Today’s TURNING POINT is the TRANSFIGURATION. Read the whole account in Luke 9:28-36.
It says Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus and talked to Him “about His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem”. What do you suppose that means?
Working off the theory that Jesus went to the mountain seeking strength, what do 51 and 53 say about His determination to go to Jerusalem after this meeting on the mountain?
Transfiguration means to change. There are times when we all need to change our attitude and be more willing to do God’s will. We, like Jesus, go through ups and downs. Why did Jesus go to the mountain in the first place? (Luke 9:28) and how is this an example for us?