What happened on the mount?

Why did Jesus take Peter, James and John with Him to the Mt. of transfiguration?

Well, we are not completely sure why Jesus picked these three, but it Is interesting to know that Johns name means Grace , James  name means Replace and Peters name means Stone.

So you could say that the Mt of transfiguration was a picture, showing us that Grace was getting ready to replace Stone or the Law.

Remember Moses and Elijah who represented the Law and the Prophets also showed up on the mount that day with Jesus.

Of course Peter wanted to immediately build tabernacles for all three !

Jesus, Moses and Elijah.

In other words Peter wanted to mix all three of these guys together!

But Gods plan was not to mix the law and Grace together..

Under the new covenant we are to be dead to the law and married to Christ. Rom 7:4

We also remember what happened next.

God actually interrupted Peter while he was talking.

While he (Peter) was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!"
Matthew 17:5

God is telling us to keep our eyes fixed on Christ and to hear Him!

The way of the new covenant is Jesus plus nothing else!

Today we are no longer under the law but grace. Rom 6:14

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

Jesus + anything = nothing
Jesus + nothing = everything

Take away the branch

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

Religion will often paint a picture of God running through His garden with a chainsaw hacking off branches that bear no fruit, but did you know that this is a gross mis-interpretation of scripture?

The word "take away" does not mean cut off, but it actually means to lift up! or to raise up!

In other words when a branch is not bearing fruit then the Lord by the Spirit and the word is there to lift up or to encourage those who are not bearing fruit.

God is a loving lifter! He is not a crazed
Chain saw maniac cutting off branches who don't produce fruit.

The other thing that we need to understand is that fruit is not something that we produce, but it's something that we bear.

A branch really does not produce fruit, but it will naturally bear fruit because it is attached to the vine.

As we simply rest and rely on Christ we will bear fruit. Fruit is a natural by-product of being in Christ.