Jesus On the Mount of Transfiguration

    by Tom Harrison

    Jesus is the Incomparable One. There was, is, and never will be anyone else like Him. He knew who He was—full of grace and truth. He had confident humility and genuine kindness. Because of that, He stooped. Paul wrote, “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:8-11)             

    The Lordship of Jesus is seen repeatedly and everywhere throughout the Gospels. Peter, James, and John caught a glimpse of the identity of Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13). They had so many, but this mountaintop experience was one of their supreme moments. Isaiah (chapter 6) was overwhelmed by the contrast of his sinfulness with God’s glory, and John by his encounter with the glorious Jesus (Revelation 1:9-20).

    Moses and Elijah are present at the Transfiguration. I have no explanation about how this happened. You can ask, but nobody else knows the answer, either. At some point we realize that the only appropriate response to something we do not understand is to worship. That is the point of this story. Worship redirects our worry and fear into the sovereignty of the Almighty God. That is lifechanging. That is what happens to disciples when we encounter Jesus.

    Our readings this week:

    Monday: Matthew 17:1-13 
    Tuesday: Isaiah 6
    Wednesday: Matthew 16:1-20
    Thursday: Matthew 16:21-28
    Friday: 2 Peter 1:16-21
    Saturday: Revelation 1
    Sunday: Matthew 17:1-13  

    See you Sunday,

    Tom Harrison
    Senior Pastor

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