Jhn 13:1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
Jhn 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Jhn 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
1Pe 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
Jhn 7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.And this will we do, if God permit.
2Jo 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
Waters below, waters above. The photograph is of Mount Hermon as seen from the shores of a lake, probably the Sea of Galilee. Jesus no doubt saw this very scene. It was said in scripture, that Jesus sometime resorted to a mountain alone to escape the sea of humanity and his dealings with it. Though not specifically identified, the mountain he resorted to , in truth, was the Father.
The snows of Hermon when melting, seep into the limestone constitution of the mountain, and emerge as springs seemingly springing from the mountain. The source of the Jordan, it’s headwaters, once gushed from a cave in Hermon, but now have slowed to a trickle, reminiscent of the declaration of prophecy, concerning the drying of the Euphrates, signifying that the mystery of God should be completed.
Jesus once took three disciples with himself on one of these times of resorting to a mountain alone. There these three witnessed something which Peter later wrote of :
“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. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.”
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.”
And again , as Jesus further testified :
“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Now, what of the events that Peter, James and John experienced, and wrote of? What are the circumstances? While ministering to the multitudes, and wearied with the work of it, Jesus takes these three with him to a place. In this place, the Glory of the Father overshadows all. There appear with Jesus, in similar glorified appearance, Moses and Elijah, conversing with Jesus about the things Jesus would accomplish. Peter fearfully says “Let us build three booths (houses), one for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah”. The answer from the Father: “This is my Son. Hear Him”. The Father has one house. But consider what the disciples must have seen Moses and Elijah to look like, standing with Christ in the Glory of the Father, prompting the idea of equal billing. These events , Peter later called this experience, the witnessing of the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now, descending from this wonderful experience, they come again to the multitude, finding them, as always, grappling with, and disputing and debating about, some problem of flesh. What Jesus said, leaving the refreshment of the Father, and walking back into this scene, when I first grasped it, shook me to the bones. “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you?”.
Looking at the photograph, I consider the sea of Galilee, the events that played out there, the sometimes raging waves and blowing winds. Then I look at the soothing scene of the Mount Hermon, whose waters provide the only healing, and fresh supply to all beneath. I ask myself, If we are called to be with Christ where He is, and share with Him in the Glory He had with the Father before the world was, can I receive teaching of this, the doctrine of Christ, the mystery of Godliness, which is the fullness of God in a people, if I can not stop thinking of everything in terms of the present world, and the things which are passing away? I don’t believe it possible. If I take everything He teaches me, and apply it to some application of flesh, will I hit the mark? I don’t think so.
Reading Hebrews 6 shows the same experience that Peter, James and John experienced on the mount. If I have tasted of the one, I can never again find solace in the other. Hebrews 6:1 speaks of “perfection”. It means bringing something to completion… to realize it’s full potential. A baby, 6 months old, is a perfect 6 month old. A 50 year old that lives in a crib and looks like a 6 month old baby is not a “perfect” man. Something is wrong.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
And they possessed his land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which were on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;From Aroer, which is by the bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount Sion, which is Hermon,And all the plain on this side Jordan eastward, even unto the sea of the plain, under the springs of Pisgah.
For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion (WHICH IS HERMON): for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Jerusalem beneath is neither the city of David (Which is Bethlehem), nor is it Zion. The rest that remains for His people, is the same rest Jesus had, and we have. The Father is the Sabbath. He is our rest, not any ritualistic observance in the ancient city of the Jebusites, not any day of the week. Everything to do with those places is work.
“Hitherto My Father works, and I work also.” (John 5:17)
“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews (Judah means praise/worship). But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.”