Devotion:  (Mark 9:2,3) After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone.  There he (Jesus) was transfigured before them.  His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.

What a glorious view that had to be from on top of that mountain as Peter, James and John saw Jesus as no one else ever had as he was transfigured before their very eyes!  On top of that mountain Peter, James and John were given a reminder that Jesus was more than just a man, he was more than just flesh and bone.  But on top of that mountain Peter, James and John received a glimpse of Jesus’ glory and they saw that Jesus was not only true man but he was also true God!  And how important this would be for them in the upcoming weeks as they would see their friend, their Savior look like a mere man as he would be mocked, ridiculed, spit on, beaten, and finally led out to the cross to die.

And today, on Ash Wednesday, we see our Savior having come down from the Mount of Transfiguration and going up another mountain.  A mountain that would not be near as glorious, a mountain that would provide a view that we cringe at and want to look away from.   On Mount Calvary we see our Savior look merely like a pathetic man as his body is ravaged with insults, fists, whips, thorns, and finally nails.

But as we see our Savior suffering on that cross we remember the Mount of Transfiguration where we see that Jesus is not just a man but that he is also true God!   And being both God and man, as he hangs on that cross, we see him paying for all of our sins so that one day when we leave this earth we can be like Peter, James and John and see our Savior’s glory face to face.   But unlike Peter, James and John we will not just a glimpse of Jesus’ glory but we will see his glory in its entirety for an eternity in heaven because of what he did on Mount Calvary!

Waiting for the day when I can see my Savior’s glory face to face just like you,

Pastor Schumann