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River Deep, Mountain High

assentionWelcome to Church today! We trust you find warm fellowship and enjoy praising and worshipping God with us!

This verse from today’s gospel begins Mark’s account of an extraordinary experience of Peter, James and John as they accompanied Jesus:

“Jesus…led them up a high mountain where they were alone.” [Mark 9:2]

We’ve all had times on the mount: precious moments when we thought we’d burst with joy; perhaps in the company of other believers, where God’s Spirit washed over and through us in a way that left us in no doubt who is really in charge.

Perhaps it was a moment of profound insight; perhaps it was a response to an anointed praise song; whatever that moment held remained with us long afterward, and we wished it would never end. We can feel like we could talk and live like angels if only we could stay there on that mount in the very presence of God – just like Peter, James and John.

But God never allows such indulgence; there is always more to do in the kingdom. As wonderful as it is to be in that special place with God, the true test of our spiritual life is the power to descend amongst the ordinary things of life and be about the business of lifting others up.

In attempting to ‘freeze frame’ such extraordinary moments we can deny ourselves the possibilities presented in the moments that follow. We become fearful that such special moments may never come again, so we cling tight to them.

God chooses to give us occasional moments on the mount to encourage and inspire us to trust, not to fear. There is no room for fear in the kingdom life.

As we faithfully follow Christ we can be certain he will always be with us, no matter what the moment may hold.

Such was his eternal promise: “I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.” [Matthew 28:20]