“Power and authority” (Luke 9:1) – “No weapon that has been made to be used against you will succeed … victory comes from Me” (Isaiah 54:17). “Who is this person I’m hearing so much about? so Herod wanted to see Jesus” (Luke 9:9). There is no suggestion that Herod was about to become a believer. Nevertheless, we can read these words in terms of the way in which God creates a hunger to know more of Jesus, a hunger that can only be satisfied by our Saviour. We find Him, and we say, “He found me.” He created the hunger, and He satisfies it. Praise be to His Name!
Ministry to the large crowds – “five thousand” (Luke 9:13), ministry to the small group – “His disciples” (Luke 9:18). As Jesus was exercising His ministry, He was looking beyond it to His death and resurrection (Luke 9:22), and He was looking further on to His return – His coming in glory (Luke 9:26).
“While Jesus was praying, the appearance of His face changed” (Luke 9:29). Prayer changes things. prayer changes people. “Moses and Elijah … appeared in heavenly glory” (Luke 9:29-30). “They saw Jesus’ glory” (Luke 9:32). How can we remain the same when we catch a glimpse of God’s glory? “This is My Son, whom I have chosen” (Luke 9:35). We are changed when we listen to Jesus. “They saw that Jesus was alone” (Luke 9:36). We are changed when we look to Jesus. Looking to Him and listening to him, we learn from Him. We learn to be changed by His glory.
“Everyone was amazed” (Luke 9:43). When we think of the Lord and all that He has done for us, we should be amazed at the wonder of His love for us. “Whoever starts to plough and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). Being amazed at the love of God is not just a passing phase. It is to be something which grows as we continue our journey through life.