On the Mountain Top
Theme: Mountain top experiences prepare us for the valleys of every day life.
Object: Some beautiful pictures of mountains.
Scripture: 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. 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."
I have some beautiful pictures to show you this morning. They are pictures taken of some of
the most beautiful mountain peaks you can imagine. Have you ever taken a vacation in the
mountains? Of all the vacations that I have ever taken, the ones that I enjoyed the most
were the ones that I took in the mountains.
Why do you think people enjoy vacationing in the mountains? One reason I enjoy the mountains
is that I want to get away from the heat we so often have in West Texas. In the summer months,
the heat can become almost unbearable at times and it feels good to get up into the cool mountain
Another reason I enjoy vacationing in the mountains is for the beautiful view. When you are down
in the valley, it is often difficult to see and appreciate the beauty around you, but from the
mountain top, you can clearly see all of the beauty of the world below.
One more reason that I enjoy vacationing in the mountains is to get away from hustle and bustle
of everyday life. It is good to get away from the pressure of work and busy schedules, and just
sit back and relax.
Did you know that even Jesus enjoyed getting away for a mountain retreat? The Bible tells us that
one day Jesus took Peter, James and John high up into the mountains so that they could be alone.
While on the mountain top, Jesus' appearance was changed and his clothes became a dazzling white.
Then the disciples saw Moses and Elijah talking to Jesus. Peter became so excited that he told
Jesus that he thought they should just stay up on the mountain.
Did Jesus and the disciples stay up on the mountain? No, Jesus knew that the purpose of their
experience on the mountain top was to renew their strength for the difficult days that were ahead
of them, so he led the disciples back down into the valley.
You and I sometimes need a vacation in the mountains to help us cope with the heat and stress of
our every day life. We also need mountain top experiences in our daily walk with Jesus. We need
those experiences to renew our strength for the difficult tasks that we face as we follow Jesus
Dear Jesus, we are thankful for the wonderful mountain top experiences you give us to renew our
strength for our daily walk with you. Amen.
Mount of Transfiguration