This Sunday, we will finish the first half of our journey through the Gospel of Mark. Our passage, Mark 9:2-8, tells the story of the Transfiguration, when Peter, James, and John caught a glimpse of Jesus' full glory.
In the Gospel story, the Transfiguration comes immediately after Jesus explains to his disciples that he must die at the hands of his enemies, and that they must take up their own crosses and follow him. As we will see on Sunday, this sequence is important. Alone, the challenge of the cross can offend or intimidate; when combined with a glimpse of Jesus' glory, the cross makes sense, and even becomes beautiful.
As a melancholy person, I often fail to see or even search for glimpses of Jesus' glory in my world. Perhaps some of you share the same weakness? Pray for our time on Sunday - our songs, prayers, readings, and sermon - that through them we would see Jesus' glory and be moved to love and worship him anew.