Saturday, March 27, 2010

His Story: The Transfiguration - March 27, 2010

Matthew 17:1-9 (New Living Translation)
1 Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. 2 As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. 3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.
4 Peter exclaimed, “Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials — one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

5 But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” 6 The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.

7 Then Jesus came over and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 And when they looked up, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus.

9 As they went back down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

How is it that after almost 2000 years, it is still difficult for people to believe that Jesus is who he is as stated in the Bible. The scriptures have survived these many centuries word for word from the originals Greek sources, and the story we read still is as much alive as it was at the beginning. That is the true testament to the truth of the Bible; people are still coming to faith in Jesus as their Lord and personal Savior. Lives continue to be transformed...transfigured, so to speak.

In the verses above we read where Jesus revealed His true nature as God and Son to Peter, James and John. These three testified with their lives that Jesus is who He says He is. You have heard it before; no one would be willing to die for a lie. Today we have the opportunity to see Jesus through the preserved eye witness accounts of the event. We have the advantage of placing our faith in a truth that has survived this long. Do you believe we would still be seeing life change and the living testimony of the countless followers of Jesus if it were not true?

As you continue the walk with Jesus to the cross, give Him praise for who He is! Praise Him as the Father's own Son in whom He is well pleased! Praise Him as Lord, God and Savior!

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