From the Mountain to the Valley
Turn in your Bible to Matthew the 17th chapter. We will begin reading with the 14 verse, I will not read the remaining verses of chapter, but will try to study them and I will probably read them before the message is completed. I want to speak on the subject from the mountain to the valley. Last Sunday morning we took up the opening verses of this chapter and studied the experience of the transfiguration of our Lord on the mountain. Today we are going to follow up with that on the experience that Jesus and the disciples had when they came down from the mountain into the valley. Begin reading with verse 14-27. I can imagine no greater contrast than what we find in the opening verses of this chapter and the concluding verses. We begin the chapter on the mountain of glory and we continue in the valley of suffering. On the mountain of glory, we have heard the voices of Moses and Elijah and the Heavenly Father. But now in the valley of suffering, we hear a screaming boy, we see a distraught father and powerless disciples. All of us like the mountains. It is a lot more fun to be on the mountains and to have those mountain top experiences with the Lord. We are not able to remain on the mountain. After the mountain, there always comes the valley. We always have to go where people are and where Jesus needs to be. We move from the mountain of transfiguration, that high exhilarating spiritual experience, down into the valley where there is a man who has a boy who has tremendous needs in his life. There are three major things that I am going to deal with in this chapter as we conclude it. First, we see Jesus freeing the child. Secondly, we see Jesus foretelling the cross, and third we see Jesus finding the coin. I - JESUS FREEING THE CHILD Think with me, for a little while, about Jesus freeing the child. When you look at this scene, you can get a good composite picture of the world in which we live. He ...
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