Daily D – Matthew 17:1
Matthew 17:1 Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. (NLT)
At just the right time, Jesus led Peter, James, and John up a mountain to be alone with him.
It was time for this inner circle of disciples to see Jesus for who he was in his essence and in his glory. Like the Good Shepherd he was and is, Jesus led his disciples up a high mountain.
Psalm 23, the Shepherd Psalm, tells us, “He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.”The right path for climbing a mountain is not straight up just as the right descent is not straight down. The right path winds around and across the ascent to manage energy.
Jesus led the way. He knew where he was going. He knew what was in store. He knew what he wanted these followers to experience.
The first thirteen verses of this chapter tell Jesus’ self-revelation of his glory. Moses and Elijah were there. A bright cloud enveloped them and they heard the voice of God. Terror drove the disciples face down on the ground.
“Then Jesus came over and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid,” (verse 7).
They saw only Jesus (verse 8).
It’s just a guess, but they probably never thought of only Jesus when they saw him after that.
The last couple of months, especially the last month, have taken our family out of our ordinary rhythms. Thankfully, Jesus has not abandoned us. A new workweek begins shortly. I will ask Jesus to lead the way. I will follow. I want to go where he wants me to go. I want to see what he wants me to see. I want to be alone with him as often as possible.
I will walk the right path with Jesus.
Dear Jesus, my Shepherd, lead me in the right paths. I will follow you. I will go where you want me to go, see what you want me to see, and do what you want me to do. Amen.
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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.