by Frank Pollard

By Frank Pollard
Mark 9

Several years ago, Andy Griffith created no small
stir in the entertainment world with a record entitled,
"What It Was Was Football." He portrayed a "country boy
come to town" who saw his first game of football. The
field was seen as a "pretty little cow pasture" on which
someone had planted posts and painted stripes. The game
itself he described as "two bunches of men fighting over a
little pumpkin." He concluded that the object of the game
is to move that little pumpkin from one end of that cow
pasture to the other without getting knocked down or
stepping in something.
You and I have watched football, too, and we are
aware that the huddle is not the most exciting part. Yet
the huddle is very important to the team. This is when the
assignments are made.
The ninth chapter of Mark records how one day Jesus
took Peter, James and John to the top of a mountain for a
very special huddle. The Bible says that He was trans-
formed or changed. The word literally means that His
outward appearance reflected His inner nature. During that
time, what He was really like on the inside showed on the
outside. Of course this made a deep and lasting impression
on the apostles with Him. John said, in the first words of
his Gospel, "We beheld His glory, the glory as of the only
begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." Since He
was full of God's grace and truth on the inside, that glory
shone from His face and even reflected from His clothing.
To add to the frightening wondrousness of this great
moment, there appeared Moses and Elijah and they talked at
length with Christ. Don't you know our Lord was so very
hungry for fellowship with folks like that? And how much
He had missed it since coming to earth?
This time of talking among Moses, Elijah and Jesus
was interrupted by Simon Peter. Simon was so frightened
that his mind was disengaged, his wits were frozen, but his
mouth worked ...

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