Introduction: A key idea in today's lesson is Jesus is transfigured before His inner circle, but He charges them to follow His timetable. This discussion centers around how, “we will be challenged to trust God's mysterious instructions, even when we don't understand them fully."
Read: Matthew 17:1-12
Summary Highlights: In vss. 1-4, Jesus takes His inner circle up a mountain. There, Jesus is transfigured (i.e., bright face and cloths). Moses and Elias (the same as Elijah) appeared and talked with Jesus. Peter, not knowing what to say, talked about setting up tents or tabernacles for Jesus and His two guests.
In vss. 5-8, a cloud came and overshadowed them. From the cloud came a voice that declared Jesus was His Son. The disciples were terrified and fell on their faces. Jesus sought to comfort them. When the disciples looked up, Jesus was alone.
In vss. 9-12, Jesus and His inner circle disciples were making their way down the mountain. Jesus charged them not to tell anyone what happened, until after His resurrection. There is a question and response about the coming of Elias. John the Baptist was a fulfillment of the prophecy.
1. The inner circle. Notice in vss. 1-2 that Jesus took His inner circle disciples with Him on special assignments. Let's trust God with inner circle disciple issues.
2. God's mysterious actions. Notice in vss.2-3 that God works in mysterious ways. Let's work on trusting God, even when He moves in mysterious ways.
3. Demonstrated appreciation for Jesus. Notice in vs. 5 that the Father declares that Jesus is His beloved Son, in whom He is well pleased, and Jesus is to be heard and obeyed. .....Let's work on demonstrating our appreciation and living like we know who Jesus is.
4. Faith over fear. Notice in vss. 6-8 that Jesus comforted His fearful disciples. .....Let's work on being controlled by our faith in God more than our fear of circumstances.
5. God's timing. Notice in vss. 9-12 that God has a timetable. .....Let's strive to live in accord with God's timetable.
6. God's use of people. Notice in vs. 11-12 that John the Baptist was an Elijah/Elias like figure. .....Let's be careful how we treat people.