And he said to them, “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.”
Three of the disciples were about to witness the power and glory of the kingdom of God. The Lord was taking them on a special trip.
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 was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
Many times during His ministry, Jesus would go off by Himself to a remote location and pray. He would spend time in the Father’s presence, hearing what His next assignment would be.
Now, the Lord takes His three closest disciples with Him up a mountain. They are about to learn from a mountaintop experience. It should speak to us as well.
The first key to a mountaintop experience is the fact that they were all alone. There were no distractions. They could concentrate on what was happening with Jesus. We need to get to that place of an unhindered focus on the Lord and what He’s speaking to us.
It was in that place that they had a revelation of the glory which Christ possessed from eternity past. That’s the defining characteristic of a mountaintop, at least in Scripture. It’s all about clarity of vision. You can suddenly see clearly what God wants you to see.
When you’re on top of a mountain, above the tree line, you have an unobstructed view in all directions. You can see clearly both where you came from, and where you’re going to. And even more than that, you get a fresh revelation of Christ.
In that place, you have a greater understanding of who Jesus is and what He wants to accomplish in you. It’s a place of spiritual clarity.
The disciples didn’t know how to handle it.
Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters — one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
Here we see one of the biggest problems of our flesh in the Lord’s presence. Why do we always think that we need to say or do something? Why can’t we just stay quiet, listen for His voice, and drink in His Spirit?
We need to learn to just be still in the Holy Spirit’s presence. It’s what the Father told the disciples.
Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
If we will quiet our hearts before God, we could have this type of mountaintop experience. Not with our physical eyes, but in the spirit.
The results are well worth it. We will “no longer see anyone but Jesus.” That’s the change that can only happen in the spirit.
Question: Have you ever had a mountaintop experience and what did you learn from it?
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi