The Transfiguration

Pastor Kevin Rutledge - 2/11/2024 10:00 AM

Join us as we reflect on the profound moment of Transfiguration Sunday, exploring the mysteries of Jesus's identity and mission. Listen in as we revisit the Gospel of Mark, where Jesus is recognized as the Messiah, and we unpack the significance of Peter's confession alongside Jesus's stern instruction to keep it a secret. The narrative takes us on a journey through Jesus's teachings about discipleship, the necessity of self-denial, and the life-changing paradox of losing one's life to save it. As we delve into the transformative event of the Transfiguration, where Jesus is revealed in divine glory, I invite you to consider the impact of truly listening to Him and what embracing His path means for us all.

Continuing our exploration, we ponder the multifaceted nature of Jesus, not just as a great teacher or savior, but as the embodiment of all roles that shape our existence and faith. This conversation examines how our perception of Jesus influences our actions, relationships, and how we share our faith. By understanding Jesus as a relational figure who guides us through His teachings and example, we're called to active participation in the world rather than passive observation. No guests join us in this episode, but the insights shared are a collective reflection on personal and communal faith. I encourage you to contemplate who Jesus is to you and how this understanding can transform your life and interactions with others, reinforcing the sense of community and spiritual support that defines our journey together at Berwyn United Methodist Church.


  • First Reading: Daniel 7:9-13
  • Second Reading: Mark 8:27 – 9:8
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This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday Recognizing the Messiah: Mark 8:27-29
Tuesday The Cost of Discipleship: Mark 8:34-35
Wednesday The Glory of Transfiguration: Mark 9:2-8
Thursday The Paradox of the Gospel: Mark 8:36-37
Friday Living Out the Mission: Mark 9:35-37
Sunday First Last and Last First: Mark 10:17-31

This includes only the sermon portion of the service.

Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.

  • Morning Prayer: Gracious Lord, as I rise to meet the day, I pause to recall the radiant vision of Your Transfiguration. Illuminate my heart with the light that shone upon Peter, James, and John, that I may recognize You as my Messiah in each moment. Guide my steps in the way of self-denial and steadfast discipleship. Amen. 

  • Reflection Question: Reflect on the various roles Jesus fulfills as teacher, savior, and the one who will right all wrongs. How does embracing these roles of Jesus enhance your spiritual growth and daily walk with Christ?

  • Evening Prayer: As the sun sets, O Lord, I give thanks for the moments of transfiguration in our my life. May the memory of Your glory, revealed on the mountaintop, continue to transform my understanding of Your mission. Protect me through the night, and renew my spirit, ready to serve You once more. Amen.

  • Reflection Question: Reflecting on Mark 8:27-30, what does the title "Messiah" mean to you, and how does it impact your understanding of Jesus's identity?

  • Reflection Question: Jesus speaks about the necessity of self-denial for His followers (Mark 8:34-35). What does it mean to "deny oneself" in the context of Christian discipleship, and how can we apply this teaching to our lives today?