THE GLORY OF JESUS ON THE MOUNTAIN
Matthew xvi: 13, to xvii: 23; Mark viii: 27, to ix: 32; Luke ix: 18 to 45.
ROM Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus led his
disciples still further north to Casearea-philippi, at
the foot of the great Mount Hermon. The name of this
place means "Philip's Caesarea;" and it was so called
because it was under the rule of King Herod Philip, a
brother of King Herod Antipas, who ruled in Galilee;
and there was another Caesarea on the shore of the
Great Sea, south of Mount Carmel. At Caesarea-philippi,
Jesus asked his disciples this question, "Who do men
say that I, the Son of man, am?" "The Son of man" was
the name by which Jesus often spoke of himself.
 They answered him:
"Some men say that you are John the Baptist risen from
the dead; some say that you are the prophet Elijah, or
the prophet Jeremiah, come again to earth."
Then said Jesus, "But who do you say that I am?"
Simon Peter answered for them all, saying:
"Thou art the Anointed One, the Christ, the Son of the
Jesus said to Peter:
"Simon, this has come to you not from men, but from my
Father who is in heaven. You are Peter, the Rock; and
on this rock I will build my church, and all the powers
of earth shall not overcome it."
For the church of Christ is made of those who believe what
Peter said, that Jesus is the Christ, the Saviour of
the world: and who obey Jesus as their Lord and King.
After this Jesus began to tell his disciples what
things were to come upon him before many months. He
"We are going up to Jerusalem; and there the people
will refuse to own the Son of man; and he shall suffer
many wrongs from the rulers, and chief priests; and
shall be killed; and on the third day he shall be
raised to life."
But the disciples could not believe that such sad
things would come to pass with Jesus. They thought that
he would reign as a king and that high places in his
kingdom would be given to themselves. Peter took Jesus
apart from the rest, and said to him:
"Master, do not speak of such things. You will not
suffer and die. You shall be a king!"
But Jesus saw that under Peter's words was the evil
one, tempting him, and he said to Peter:
"Go from me, Satan, evil one! You would be a stumbling
block to me, to make me fall! You are seeking not that
which is of God, but that which is of men!"
For Jesus knew that while all men wished him to be a
king, ruling over a kingdom on the earth, it was God's
will for him to die upon the cross to save the world
from sin. Then Jesus called the people to come near
with his disciples, and he said to them all:
"If any man will come after me, let him give up his own
will, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever
has a will to
 save his life here, shall lose it hereafter. And
whoever is willing to give up his life for my sake,
shall find it again in the life everlasting. What gain
will it be to a man to have the whole world, and to
lose his own soul? For the Son of man will come in his
glory, with all the holy angels, and then he will give
to every man according to his acts. And if any man is
ashamed to own the Lord now, the Lord will not own him
in that day!"
One night, about a week after saying those words, Jesus
called three of his disciples, Peter, James, and John,
and with them climbed up the side of Mount Hermon. At a
high place on the mountain, the three disciples lay down to
sleep, but Jesus sought his Father in prayer. While
Jesus was praying, a great change came over him. His
face began to shine as bright as the sun, and his
garments became whiter than snow. The three disciples
awoke, and saw their Lord with all this glory beaming
JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES ON MOUNT HERMON
And they saw two men talking with Jesus. These were
Moses and Elijah, who had come down from heaven to meet
Jesus; and they spoke with him of the death that he was
to die in Jerusalem. As these men were passing from the
sight of the disciples, Peter
 spoke, scarcely knowing what he was saying, "Master, it
is good for us to be here! Let us make here three
tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one
While Peter was speaking a bright and glorious cloud
came over them all; and the three disciples felt a
great fear as they found themselves in the cloud, and
no longer able to see their Master. Out of the cloud
came the voice of God, saying these words:
"This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased;
hear ye him!"
As the disciples heard this voice they fell upon their
faces on the ground in great fear. And Jesus came and
touched them saying, "Rise up, and do not be afraid."
Then they looked up, and lo, the bright cloud had
passed away, the two men were no more in sight, and
Jesus was standing alone. They walked together down the
mountain; and Jesus said to them very earnestly:
"Do not tell to any man what you have seen, until the
Son of man is risen from the dead."
They wondered what this "rising from the dead" could
mean; for even yet they could not believe that Jesus
would die. But they said nothing to any one, not even
to the other disciples, of what they had seen upon the
When Jesus and the three disciples came down the
mountain, they found many people around the other nine
disciples. As the people saw Jesus they were filled
with wonder, for some of the glory still remained upon
his face; and they bowed before him. One man came to
Jesus, and said:
"Master, look upon my son, my only child, and have
mercy upon him; for he is terribly troubled by an evil
spirit. At times he cannot speak, and then he will cry
out suddenly. The spirit almost tears him in pieces;
and makes him fall into the fire, and into the water.
He foams at the mouth; and grinds his teeth, and pines
away. And I spoke to your disciples, but they could not
cast out the evil spirit."
And Jesus said:
"O ye people without faith, and wandering from God, how
long must I be with you? how long must I bear with you?
Bring your child to me."
While they were bringing the boy to Jesus, the evil
spirit in him
 threw him down; and seemed to tear him apart; and he
lay suffering and rolling on the ground. Jesus said to
the boy's father:
"How long is it since this came to him?"
The father said, "Ever since he was a little child; but
if you can do anything, have mercy on us and help us!"
"If I can!" said Jesus. "Do you not know that all
things are possible to the one that believes in me?"
At once the father of the child cried out, "Lord, I
believe! Help my lack of faith!"
Then Jesus spoke to the evil spirit in the boy:
"Dumb and deaf spirit, come out of this child, and
never again enter into him!"
Then the spirit gave a cry, and came out, and left the
child as one dead on the ground. Indeed, many who
looked at him said, "He is dead!"
But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up; and
the boy stood up well, set free from the evil spirit;
and Jesus gave him to his father. And all who saw it
wondered at the mighty power of the Lord.
When Jesus was in the house, his disciples asked him,
"Why could not we cast out the evil spirit?"
And Jesus said to them, "Because you were wanting in
faith. But this kind of evil spirits can be sent out
only through prayer and fasting."
While all were wondering at the great things which
Jesus did, he said again to his disciples:
"Let what I say to you sink down into your hearts. The
time is coming when the Son of man shall be given into
the hands of men; and they shall kill him; and after he
is killed, on the third day he shall rise again."
But they could not understand what he meant by these
words; and they were afraid to ask him.