Mark 9:8 AV
when they had looked round about,
they saw¹ no man² any more³,
save⁴ Jesus only⁵ with themselves.
¹) They perceived.
²) No one.
³) No longer, no more, no further.
⁴) No one but Jesus, no one except Jesus.
⁵) Alone (without a companion)
And looking around, they suddenly no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus only. [AMP] And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only. [ESV] The next minute the disciples were looking around, rubbing their eyes, seeing nothing but Jesus, only Jesus. [MSB] And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves. [KJV] Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. [NIV] Suddenly they looked around, and Moses and Elijah were gone, and only Jesus was with them. [NLT] Suddenly, when they had looked around, they saw no one anymore, but only Jesus with themselves. [NKJV]
Some further information
Moses and Elijah are gone, the cloud is gone, and the heavenly voice has ceased to speak. Apparently the appearance ends abruptly (exapina – suddenly) and the situation is again as before (“Jesus alone with them”; cf. Mark 9:2).
Jesus did not hold on to the heavenly glory He had tasted, but denied it being aware to walk the way to the cross.
Now let us reflect on this
What is said in these words is what matters in all of our lives.
The point is that we see “only the Savior”.
It is great if we are discovered to ourselves, and it is no less great if we are allowed to make a sincere confession of guilt before God. I certainly do not want to belittle all of that. And yet, I say that all this, is no ground for salvation.
The Lord wants to use this all to bring us to His Son.
The ground of salvation is Jesus Christ alone!
For my burden will never be released from me, unless I have found Jesus.
Or to say it with this text, when I have seen Jesus.
Jesus in His humiliation and in His exaltation!
Were we allowed to see Him through faith.
Do you see Him as our only comfort in life and in death?
If so, then by grace we may say:
Such is my love,
Such is my friend;
He carries the banner above tens of thousands.
Where His righteousness has been bestowed upon us, we are righteous before God, and can appear before Him without fear.
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