A Tale of Two Mountains

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Nazareth (Left) Mount of Transfiguration (Right)

It is astounding, two mountains that represent two complete separate ways to look at Jesus. The mountains above are found in the Jezreel Valley in Israel. When I visited Israel I stood before these two mountains in awe as they challenged me in my faith in the Son of God Jesus. The one on the left is Nazareth, the place where Jesus grew up. The one on the right is the Mount of Transfiguration, where God spoke to three disciples and Jesus healed a young boy.

If you look closely you will see a section of the mountain on the left that looks light tan. The point that is above that is said to be the place that in Luke 4:29 that those in the synagogue tried to throw Jesus off the cliff, after he preached to them.

They heard the words of Jesus, they even marveled at his gracious words, but they did not believe him because they knew him as a boy. They could not believe, and He could not do miracles there because of their hard hearts that brought unbelief.

Now on the right you see the Mount of Transfiguration. This is the place in Mark 9 that God the Father said, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” Peter, James, and John would hear the Word of the Father and would allow their faith to grow into belief.

After Jesus finished being transfigured in front of Peter, James, and John he would walk down the mountain and be confronted with a man whose son had a spirit that would seize him and throw him into convolutions  (Mark 9:14-29).  The Father was at his end. He was humbled and had nowhere else to turn to find help with his son. When the boy’s father turns to Jesus in belief, Jesus heals his son.

As you look at the two mountains I want you to understand that you have the choice to belief or not to belief. These two mountains give us a clear picture of the battle between trusting in God and trusting in personal understanding and experience.

God’s Word was revealed to both mountains. Jesus brought truth and offered his gentle hand to Nazareth and to the boy who was filled with a wicked spirit. Here’s the thing, only the one who believed that Jesus was God found healing. Only the one who believed God’s Word found salvation.

As I climbed down the hill that I was on I jumped into our tour bus. I couldn’t help but be challenged by this illustration that God gave us through these stories, being that our bus drove right in the middle of them. I mean it was clear that on the right was believe and on the left was unbelief.

We stand between two mountains and it is a choice we need to make; do we believe or do we not belief? What do we do with Jesus? The choice is yours. Trust the Word of God.

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