Jesus' authority continues to be in question as the religious leaders are hellbent on getting rid of him. They can't put him away by their own authority, so they reach for a few other options.
Like a preview for a movie, Jesus allows three of his disciples a sneak peek into his future glory. The problem is that they are sound asleep. God speaks his audible words over Jesus, confirming him as the Messiah and reminds him that the plan of redemption is right on schedule.
How would you fill in the blank in this sentence: "If I had ___________, my life would really sing"? We might be tempted to say the Sunday school answer: Jesus! But if the gospel is true, and you have been born again, you already have him! And yet it's pretty rare to hear someone say their life is really singing. So what is it that could make the difference?
The first lie that sounds like the truth is only one word off. God doesn’t “just” want us to be happy. He has something much, much bigger and better in mind.