|Theme:||Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. Transfiguration Sunday, Yr. C.|
|Object:||Travel brochures or books|
|Scripture:||About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. Luke 9:28 (NIV)|
Do you like to travel? Even if you can't go anywhere, you can read books about places you would like to visit, or you can go to a travel agency and they will give you all of the travel brochures you want. You can see pictures of all of the beautiful places you might like to visit. If you have a good imagination, it is just like being there.
When Jesus called his disciples, he said, "Come, follow me." Can you imagine what it was like for them to travel with Jesus? Just think of the sights they saw.
Every day with Jesus was an exciting experience as the disciples followed him. Our Bible lesson today tells about a trip up a mountain that proved to be one of the most exciting journeys ever for three of Jesus' disciples.
The Bible tells us that Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up on a mountain to pray. As Jesus was praying, his face was changed and his clothes became a dazzling white. Suddenly, two men appeared and began talking to Jesus. Do you know who it was? It Moses and Elijah. Peter and the others had fallen asleep and when they woke up, they saw Jesus and the other two talking. What a glorious sight! As Moses and Elijah started to leave, Peter said to Jesus. "Master, it is wonderful for us to be here! Let's build three shelters -- one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
Suddenly, a cloud appeared and covered them. A voice came from the cloud saying, "This is my Son, listen to him." When the voice had spoken, Moses and Elijah were gone and the disciples were once again alone with Jesus on the mountain.
What an experience! No wonder Peter wanted to stay on the mountain top, but the Bible tells us that Peter "didn't know what he was saying." After all, if they had stayed there, they would have missed all of the wonderful experiences that followed.
You and I have many wonderful experiences as we follow Jesus. There is a song that says, "Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before." How true that is! When we have a great "mountain top experience" we may wish that it would never end. But remember, the best is yet to come!
Heavenly Father, we thank you for all of the wonderful experiences we enjoy as we walk each day with Jesus. Help us to follow him wherever he leads us. In Jesus name we pray, amen.
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