Sometimes when I write an email I will place a few key words in bold letters to emphasize the meaning. The words haven't changed meaning but I want to make sure that my reader gets the point and feels the emphasis. I think something like that was happening in Mark, chapter 9(vs 2-9), when Jesus took Peter, James and John up into the mountain to have a personal retreat. As they watched Him, Jesus entire appearance was transformed. His clothes became dazzling white and, amazingly, Elijah and Moses appeared from the realm of eternity and began talking with Jesus. Peter was rattled and offered to build three memorials to remember the occasion and then, suddenly, God spoke from a cloud and said, "This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him." In this brief, but incredibly dramatic event, the Lord was placing in bold letters all that Peter, James and John had learned and seen of the Lord for their entire lives. The reality of the Old Testament was confirmed: the law in Moses reality and the prophets in Elijah's reality. The Son-ship of Jesus to the Father, the reality of God, and the sure confidence that they could have in Jesus's words were all confirmed in this experience. And Jesus' first words to them as they left the mountain were about His coming death and resurrection.
At some point in our lives the truths of the Bible become more than words...they become reality as the Lord breaks through and places those words in bold letters through our personal experience with Him. Isn't it wonderful that we have the Lord of truth, who has given us His word and is following through to fulfill it...across history and across our lives!