Sermon - Why Did Jesus Come?: He came To Bear Our Burdens

Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 10:30am

Our scripture this morning comes from Mark 9:2-9  The Transfiguration of Jesus.

Leading up to our verses Jesus has had a rough week.  He has down six days of work in ministry.  He has healed a blind person, feeds two separate groups of 4000 and 5000 people, has had healed the deaf and mute, he has debated clean and unclean, only to decide that its not what goes into your mouth that matters but rather what comes out.  He has spoken about his own upcoming death and learned of his cousin John's beheading by someone he trusted.

He needs a break, a rest.  He finds himself in need of support through prayer with His father.

So, Jesus goes off to a quiet place with his best friends, to seek the loving support of His father.  This part of scripture reminds us that we are low, and troubled or burdened we should not be too proud to ask those around us, those people who love and support us, to be with us, to stay with us.

Jesus has a profound change through His connection with God in prayer.  His robes become brilliant white.

Jesus is joined by Moses and Elijah who have Returned from the side of God to pass on the baton to Jesus.

When we are burdened we need to take time for prayer in order to be emboldened to move on with our tasks and be able to return to our tasks with the love and strength time with God empowers us with.