From a distance Jesus can seem a slightly unimpressive figure. A carpenter, a teacher, who managed to gather a few followers in his lifetime, but ultimately was rejected as a fraud and a failure. But for anyone who looks more closely at his life, Jesus grows in stature in a way that beggars belief. It's not just that he heals people - modern medicine has come close to matching his achievements in this arena. But every now and again, the accounts of Jesus life reveal a figure of unmatched `terrifying power. It's a little bit like the curtain is pulled back on Jesus, and we catch a glimpse of omnipotence behind his fragile flesh and blood. Mark 9 is one of those moments.
"He was transfigured, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white...and a cloud overshadowed them and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is my beloved son; listen to him".
I think we sometimes forget that the cross is not the natural place to find the Christ, the son of the living God. Jesus can become in our minds a figure who simply embodies self sacrificing love, and we forget that he also embodies omnipotent world-defying power. If that's you - I think this Sunday should be pretty refreshing. I am looking forward to coming face to face with the son of God in power this Sunday. Are you?