Har Tavor (the Mount of Transfiguration) doesn’t seem very high from a distance but the ascension proves that assumption wrong. The climb is actually quite steep and very difficult.
Yeshua told nine of His twelve disciples to wait for him as He began ascending this mountain, with John, James, and Peter climbing with Him.
We don’t really know how the other disciples felt when they were told they had to stay behind and wait while only the three were chosen to go with Jesus. Perhaps they felt left out, jealous, or possibly, even envious of their brothers. Regardless of their initial feelings, the main message is that Jesus returned. He promised He would come back and He did.
We might have different experiences in our lives. We might feel like we were left behind while He chose other people, more “special ones” to be close to Him. However, we know His word is unfailing. He promised to come back, and He will always come back. He will not leave even one of His behind.
That’s why the Bible says clearly: “pray to Me, call out to Me, and I will answer!”
It is a beautiful reminder that even when we feel left out or forgotten, Yeshua will always come back to find us right where we are, at the foot of the mountain. He comes to encourage us, to lift us up, and walk again by His side.
Can you imagine how it felt for the 3 apostles after they descended from Mt. Transfiguration? Having lived such a glorious experience with Jesus, seeing Him in all His glory, hearing God’s voice saying: “This is My beloved Son, follow Him” there must have been a fire burning inside of those men who witnessed such glory. It most likely would have been too much for them to contain, rushing back to share it with their brethren and ignite the same fire in the rest of them.
Sometimes God speaks into our lives through our brothers and sisters in Christ, through our family of God that have had a fresh experience with God and their fire is also ours when they share it with us.
We are called to encourage one another. When you see your fellow brothers and sisters who are discouraged and are waiting for Jesus, speak life into their hearts, pray for them, and tell them about your experience with God. One day you will need it from them, and they will be there for you.
That is the kind of family Jesus came to establish among believers.
May you be blessed, so you can be a blessing.