It was Jesus’ habit to get away and pray. He would often go up a mountain and spend time with God. In Luke 9 he took Peter, James and John with him (you can read about it in Luke 9:28-36).
As they later recounted the story, that mountaintop moment was a spiritual experience in which Moses and Elijah show up and talk with Jesus and then the Father also speaks. Here’s my question: was this the only time Jesus experienced this? The Bible tells us it was his habit to go and pray. Isn’t it possible that Jesus had this experience more than once? We know it didn’t happen every time because there were other moments the disciples went and prayed with Jesus, but it makes you wonder.
I think we put down the experiential aspect of faith. We try and make it more intellectual and theoretical. But what if we need the experiential? Not just for our faith, but to navigate the conflicts in this life? You know what Jesus was confronted with as soon as he came off the mountain? Conflict. I bet he was grateful for the momentary experience of being on a mountain with His Father and a couple of friends.
I often say, “If we don’t experience Jesus on a weekend at Westside we should all find another church.” Seriously. I want to connect with Him and be with Him and know Him. I want to be impacted by His love, grace and mercy. I want Him to reveal what’s in me and help me grow.
What does experiencing Jesus look like to you?