Table Mountain and the Transfiguration
Our recent trip to South Africa came to mind during the sermon on Transfiguration Sunday.
One of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town is the cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain from which the view of the city and beyond is truly spectacular. Unfortunately on the three days we were there the top of the mountain was shrouded in white cloud, giving the appearance of a table cloth. From all over the city, however, the mountain still looked majestic.
It dominates the skyline and the people of Cape Town regard it as their protector. The mountain range overlooking the city is formed of Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head – often regarded as an armchair, with Table Mountain the back and the other two the arms.
Jesus’ transfiguration on Mount Sinai must have been a magnificent sight to Peter, James and John. While they watched him speak with Moses and Elijah, a bright cloud overshadowed them and God spoke through the mist “This is my Beloved Son in whom my favour rests; listen to Him.”
The protection we have from Jesus and his constant presence in our lives could be symbolised by the mountain range which overlooks Cape Town. The people of the city and surrounding area waken every morning to see the reassuring presence of Table Mountain. As Christians, we waken every day knowing that Jesus is with us as our guide and protector. Even if He disappears behind a cloud for a while, we know that He will return for us to follow His guiding presence in our lives.