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A Most Mysterious Mountaintop Experience - Mark 9:2-13

Dennis Newkirk, Lead Pastor......................March 25/26, 2017


This event is also described in Luke 9 and Matthew 17.

The word glory can refer to magnificent times in biblical history when God visibly revealed Himself to human beings.

  • John 1:14 (ESV) 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

  • Mark 9:2 (ESV) 2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,

  • Mark 9:3–4 (ESV) 3 and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.

  •  Mark 9:5–6 (ESV) 5 And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.


  1. Transformation happens as we behold his glory.
    2 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV) 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
  2. Moses and Elijah help us understand life after death.
  3. This passage gives us a sneak peak of what we will see.
  4. The transformation reminds us of Jesus’ true identity.
  5. The transformation reminds us that spiritual highs (or lows) will come and go.

As I’ve prepared for this message, I was particularly blessed and helped by sermons on the Transfiguration  by John Piper and Alistair Begg


In preparation for next week’s sermon, please spend time in Mark 9:14-50 this week

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright © 2000; 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. 


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