It's Not As Bad As You Think (Luke 9:28-37)Pastor Justin Pratt, October 1, 2017
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
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One evening some of the Disciples joined Jesus on the top of a mountain as the Lord went to pray. There they witnessed what we now call the Transfiguration. There upon the mountain they witnessed the spirits of Moses and Elijah with Jesus. But have you ever wondered why it was Moses and Elijah?
Luke 9:28 says they went up a mountain, but Luke 9:37 says they came down from the hill. What changed? What they once saw as a mountain was now nothing more than a hill.
How often do we make mountains out of hills? We worry and fret and blow things up into things that they aren't. That's what the Devil wants us to do. Moses, Elijah, and Jesus all represent mountains that we must overcome in order to realize that things are not as bad as you think.
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28And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. 29And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. 30And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 31Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. 32But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. 33And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. 34While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 35And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 36And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen. 37And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him. (KJV)