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Date: 3 March 2024

Encounters with Jesus: Peter, James, and John-The Mount of transfiguration

Last week, we announced that this year we’ll be having 8 and 10 am services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Those two days, which fall on the 29th and 31st of March this year, are, of course, two of the most significant days on the calendar of Christians around the world. They focus our attention squarely on the death and resurrection of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ, and serve as a vivid reminder of what He has done for us. On both those days about two thousand years ago, a number of people had encounters with Jesus. On the day of His crucifixion, a spineless Roman governor, a corrupt king, a rabid crowd, a whip-wielding Roman soldier, an innocent passer-by, two crucified criminals, a Roman executioner, a devoted apostle, and a heart-broken mother, all had encounters with Jesus which impacted them profoundly. When He rose from the dead three days later, a committed follower, a guilt-ridden apostle, a doubting disciple, and two dejected travellers, and many, many more likewise had encounters with Jesus. We’ll take a closer look at some of those encounters over Easter, but in anticipation of that time, I want to continue what Pastor Garth started in 2022, when I was on sabbatical, and examine three encounters with Jesus, today, on the 10th, and on the 24th of March. Paul Seger from Biblical Ministries Worldwide is going to be preaching on the 17th. The first encounter with Jesus that I want us to turn to, can be found in all three synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke. We’ll turn to Mark 9 for the encounter between Peter, James, John, and Jesus.

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