"Meanderings in Mark"
Series on Mark, Lesson 34


Read: Mark 9:1-13

Text: (Mark 9:2b KJV) … and he was transfigured before them.

Theme: Jesus was and is transformed, and because He is, so shall we be!


QUESTION - What was Jesus referring to in verse 1? Obviously all those standing there did die, and the second coming of Christ in glory has not yet occurred 2000 years later, so how was this promise fulfilled? (Or as it?)

ANSWER = Various interpretations exist for how this passage was fulfilled. 1.) Some say it was fulfilled in the resurrection. 2.) Some say it was fulfilled in the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost. 3.) Some say it was fulfilled in the immediate and miraculous spread of Christianity. 4.) Most say (and I believe this is the correct interpretation), that it was fulfilled 6-8 days later at the transfiguration, where Jesus gave a preview of the glory of the kingdom. (Peter lends credence to this view in (2 Pet 1:16-17 KJV) For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

QUESTION - Where do you think they went in verse 2?

ANSWER - Tradition says Mt. Tabor, but that is unlikely due tot he fact that it was quite a ways from Caesarea Philippi, and also due to the fact that it is only 1000 feet high. More likely Mt. Hermon, which is 9200 feet high, and is close to where they were.

QUESTION - Why did they go into the mountain?

ANSWER - Luke indicates they went to pray.

QUESTION - What happened to Jesus on the mountain? How do you explain it?

QUESTION - Did this change in Jesus appearance indicate anything about who He was/is?

(Psa 104:1-2 KJV) Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

(Dan 7:9 KJV) I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

(Rev 21:23 KJV) And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

QUESTION - What is significant about Moses and Elijah being there? What did they represent?

QUESTION - How in the world did the disciples know Moses and Elijah?

QUESTION - What were they talking about? (Luke tells us this in his parallel account - Christ's upcoming death in Jerusalem.)
QUESTION - What did Peter suggest in verse 5? Was there something wrong with this suggestion?

QUESTION - What comes to your mind when you read the first half of verse 6?

ANSWER - I wonder why he felt he had to say anything at all! How often we get in trouble by speaking when we should remain silent and learn.

QUESTION - What thoughts come to your mind when you read the description of their fear?
QUESTION - What about the cloud? Where else had it appeared in Israel's history?

QUESTION - Verse 7 tells of a voice from the cloud making a statement about Jesus. Had this happened before? When?

QUESTION - What do we learn about our future from this event?

I. Jesus was and will be transformed.

A. From a suffering savior to a victorious king.

(Compare Isaiah 53:2-5 with Rev. 19:11-16)

B. From one who must die, to one who lives forever.

(Mark 8:31 KJV) And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

(Heb 7:25 KJV) Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

(Rev 1:18 KJV) I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

C. From one who must go away, to one who will never again leave us.

(Compare John 14:1-3 with 1 Thes. 4:16-17)


(Mark 9:2b KJV) … and he was transfigured before them.


II. We are and will be transformed.

(Rom 12:2 KJV) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

(2 Cor 3:18 KJV) But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

A. From a lost sinner to a saved saint.

1. "I was once a sinner…" (from song by same title)

(Ezek 18:4 KJV) Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

(Rom 3:23 KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

(Rom 6:23 KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

2. "But I came, pardon to receive from my Lord."

(John 6:37 KJV) All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

(Rom 10:13 KJV) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

3. "This was freely given, and I found, that He always kept His word!"

(John 5:24 KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

(Rom 8:1 KJV) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

(Heb 10:17 KJV) And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.


(John 3:7 KJV) Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

(2 Cor 5:17 KJV) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

B. From mortal to immortal.

(John 10:10 KJV) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

(John 11:25-26 KJV) Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

(Rom 6:4 KJV) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

(1 Cor 15:55 KJV) O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

(1 John 5:12 KJV) He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

C. From defeated to victorious.

(Rom 6:14 KJV) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

(1 John 5:4 KJV) For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.


(Mark 9:2b KJV) … and he was transfigured before them.



Jesus was and will be transformed again.

The believer is and will be transformed.

At the moment of salvation, he is transformed.

Every day of her walk, she is progressively transformed.

Some glorious day, we will be finally transformed!

What a glorious and wonderful picture Jesus painted on the mount of transfiguration!


(Mark 9:2b KJV) … and he was transfigured before them.


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