From the outside it can look like Herod is the successful one compared to John. There is much for us to learn from this account!
When a wealthy young man comes to Jesus with a question he doesn't get the answer he was perhaps hoping for. Paul talks from this passage about the kingdom, the question, wealth and eternity.
In this passage Jesus talks about some big things; marriage, singleness and divorce. We also need to hear his loud and over-arching message that he loves us, forgives us, restores us, weeps with us, prays for us and never lets go.
Jesus is teaching about what this new community of his followers will look like. It’s less about status and more about service!
The transfiguration seems to be one of those stories which is never really spoken about. Jesus takes a few of his disciples up a mountain and is transformed before their eyes. This isn't just an interesting story but is a real lesson in our response to seeing the glory of Jesus. When we recognise him as he really is, we have a response to make. Will we be like the disciples and use this as a foundation to build our lives on?