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THE MIRACLE IN THE VALLEY (14 OF 17)
I want you to connect these verses with the opening
verses of the 17th chapter. In the opening verses we
have the tremendous, exciting account of the
transfiguration experience of the Lord Jesus. Jesus
took three of His disciples - Peter, James and John -
and carried them, the Bible says, to a high mountain
apart and there before them the Lord Jesus was
transfigured. And the Bible says that His face began
to radiate above the brightness of the sun. It's what
we call the transfiguration experience of the Lord
Jesus. It is one of those great mountaintop
experiences of the Lord.
The verses we are studying tonight are the verses that
take place or circumstances that take place after that
transfiguration experience. Jesus goes all the way
from the mountain of transfiguration down into this
valley. He goes from the mountain of glory down to the
valley of misery. There was glory on the mountain.
Moses and Elijah from the Old Testament appear there.
The voice of the heavenly Father is heard there. The
Lord Jesus Christ in all of His splendor is seen
there. There is glory on the mountain. Now there is
misery in the valley. There is a violent boy. There
is a distraught father. There are powerless
disciples. There inquisitive crowds. There are
ridiculing Scribes and Pharisees. So, we go all the
way from the glory to the agony. We go all the way
from the heights of inspiration down to the depths of
human need. I don't know about you but I really
prefer the mountain experiences of life. I enjoy it
when I'm up on the mountain. Life does have its
mountaintop experiences. God gives us along the way
some wonderful mountaintop experiences of life and
personally I enjoy that. I enjoy it when things are
good and life is on the mountaintop, when the glory
comes down and when the blessings of God are real and
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