Thursday, March 15, 2018

Extended reading: none; you may catch up with any readings you have missed

Matthew 17:1-8

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

This is one of my favorite stories from the gospels. I am amazed at the privilege the disciples had in receiving a glimpse of Jesus’ true nature, shining and transfigured before them. Not only were they blessed in living and working with Jesus on a daily basis, but these three disciples were further honored to be with Jesus on the mountain to see him as he really was.

Peter the blabbermouth had no idea what to say or do, but he tried to be helpful in saying he could put up three shelters, one for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. The others probably just stared at the vision of Jesus shining, with no words to come out of their mouths. Then the very voice of God came out of the clouds, and they fell to the ground terrified.

Most every day our lives are very ordinary. Go to work, get dinner on the table, be there for the family in whatever way we can. But then, God intersects our very usual routines with a glimmer of a vision of the person and character of God, and how absolutely amazing He is. In these moments, we can do nothing but fall down to worship Him and give God our all. Praise God for these shining moments; thank God for the privilege of receiving faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Prayer

Open my eyes, Lord, that I may see Jesus. Stop up my mouth so that I may better hear your voice. Set me down on my knees in prayer and adoration so I may worship you. You are bigger than my imagination. You are Almighty; you are Everlasting Love; you are Mercy and Kindness and Gracious. You are God, come for our salvation in Jesus Christ. I give you all praise and glory. Amen.

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