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must be all your salvation -- all your desire. Ponder prayerfully over these questions in your solitude, when God alone is with you; and
may He enable you to give an answer of truth and peace, for His dear Son's fake.
TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS.
And Peter answered and said to Jesus,
Master, it is good for us to be here : and let us make three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.Mark, ix. 5.
How frequently are lofty mountains selected for extraordinary manifestations. The most glorious works of the great Parent of good are rendered even more resplendent in grandeur than they usually are. Supernatural marvels are added to their native sublimity. From the elevation of Mount Ararat did Noah and his family
contemplate with thankful awe the subsiding of the terrific deluge. Upon a mountain, Abraham was commanded to offer
Isaac. From Mount Pisgah, a distant glimpse of Palestine was afforded to Moses.
The law was ushered in by awful glories on Mount Sinai. exceeding high mountain did Satan, the usurper, offer the kingdoms of the world to their lawful lord; and on a high mountain apart was it that a glimpse of celestial radiance was afforded to the three favoured Apostles, James, Peter, and John.*
We shall briefly consider the remarkable personages who composed this wondrous group at our Lord's transfiguration.
He whose attire became as white as snow -whose face did shine as the sun—whose raiment was white as the light-glistering, so as no fuller on earth could accomplish
Calvary is not a mountain.
such refulgence, occupies the most prominent position.
He appears to have retired thither to pray.
“ He took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.” (Luke, ix. 28.) The still solitude of the mountain's recess, apart from the gaze of the multitude, as well from their honour as from their insults, seems to have been a favorite resort of the Lord Jesus while on earth.
As man, partaking of the weakness of our nature, and, as such, weighed down by the load of man's imputed guilt, as well as by the contemplation of His coming sufferings, He frequently held communion with His Father above. In such privacy, “ continuing all night in prayer to God,” He would partake of the upholding consolations of the Father's smile. He oft resorted, we read, to the garden of Gethsemane, foreseeing its retire
ment as the scene of His
In the instance before us, it was while He prayed that the fashion of His countenance was altered. The pouring forth of His soul in prayer drew down this marvellous exhibition of glory, and elicited a testimony from on high similar to that which bore witness at His baptism,—“ This is my Beloved Son, hear ye him.” He would also, no doubt, intend this manifestation of His glory as an encouragement to the weak faith of His true but weak followers, when they should fee Him borne away by His foes, and be led to tremble left He, who should have redeemed Ifrael, had led them into misconception. He knew their frame, and remembered that they were dust; and therefore in tender compassion considered their infirmity, by thus confirming their belief. To succour