From The Mountain To The Valley by Jerry Vines

Jerry Vines
From The Mountain To The Valley
Matthew 17:14-27

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.

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