“This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” – Mark 9:7 (Mark 9:2-10)
After tha Son called tha Twelve ter himself he said, “I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.” Now, tha Son doth not say which of tha Twelve would see him in his glory, but no doubt his words left ’em perplexed.
Six days later tha Son took Peter, James and John with him and led ’em up a high mountain whar they could be all alone ter pray. Whilst he be praying, tha appearance of his face changed and shone like tha sun. His clothes became dazzling white as light, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. Bright as a flash of lightning they be.
Jest then two fellers appeared out of nowhere and began speaking with tha Son. Right off Peter, James and John seen that tha two be Elijah and Moses. Moses be tha one who represents Skipper’s Code of Conduct and how folks ought ter behave. Elijah represents all tha prophets that counseled folks in tha past ’bout how they ought ter repent and turn back ter Skipper.
Problem be, Old Pete and his mates be sleepy. No doubt tha hike up tha mountain took tha starch out of ’em. When Old Pete came fully awake and seen what was happening, he said, “Rabbi, Lord, it is good for us to be here.” Like most times, he knew not what ter say so he blabbered on when he ought ter ‘ave kept his trap shut. “If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” Whilst he whar speaking nonsense, a cloud appeared encircling them. Still afeared they entered tha cloud and a voice said: “This is my Son, whom I love, whom I have chosen. Listen to him!”
Terrified, they fell facedown on tha ground. Soon as tha voice finished speaking, tha cloud lifted. Tha Son touched tha three and said, “Get up. Don’t be afraid.”
They looked up, around, and all they seen was tha Son.
Coming down tha mountain, tha Son gave tha three strict orders not ter tell a soul what they seen until he had risen from the dead. They kept tha matter ter themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.
This short story be but a slice of what be in store fer them who trade thar life fer tha Son’s.
If ya think on it, Old Pete, James, and John be outnumbered. Representing tha team from tha other side of tha grave be Moses, Elijah, and tha Son who claimed he would be “rising from the dead” soon enough. Standing between Old Pete, James, and John . . . Moses, Elijah, and tha Son be Skipper who be warning us all ter listen ter his Son—ter pay attention ter his Code of Conduct and all tha prophets’ warnings ter repent.
Most of us ‘ill ne’re see tha Son in tha sort of glory Old Pete and tha others did, but that doth not mean we kin not live in tha Son’s glory.
Make it yer task ter walk with that Son, ter call on tha Son fer help. Only ne’er ferget he out shines all fellers in ways we kin not even imagine. Tha Son be that Son of Man, that be true, but he also be tha Son of God—Skip’s very own. And that be a glorious thing indeed.