And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.…
Whether that communion take the form of prayer, or a childlike confidence, or a searching after truth and life, it has this power. Contrast the portraits of Luther and Loyola; George Canning and George IV.; John Milton and Charles I.; or more pertinently still, the portrait of Bunyan, the wild, godless tinker of 1650, with the same Bunyan of twenty years later, the thinking, praying, dreaming maker of laces in Bedford jail for conscience' sake. Or picture to yourself the appearance of John when the fisherman on the Galilean sea — what his face was when with indignant anger he said," Shall we call down fire from heaven and consume them?" — and what he was and his face was, when after intimate communion with the Father through Christ Jesus, he stood by the Cross — and what later still, when old and sainted, he repeated his one text and sermon, "Little children, keep yourselves from idols."
(John Christian, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.