Sunday 22 September 2013

Matthew 17:1-13 - Jesus' glory revealed

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Matthew 17:1-13 is about the transfiguration of Jesus. He goes up the mountain with his closest followers (Peter, James and John) and while they are there he appears in glory, speaking with Moses and Elijah. Not only that, the Father speaks from the skies, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"

This must have been a confusing and terrifying ordeal for the three disciples. As Jews they would have known that they should not have been able to be in the Presence and live. It's not an experience they would have forgotten!

Is our vision of Jesus even remotely adequate? He is the living Christ, Immanuel (Elohim with us). He is Lord of lords, King of kings, the Son of the Most High. He told Philip, "If you have seen me you have seen the Father" (John 14:9).

No, our view of him is certainly weak and lacking. How desperately we need to see him as he truly is. We need to glimpse him in the way Peter, James and John glimpsed him on that mountain. As our vision of him widens and deepens, so will our walk with him become closer too.

We need this so much. What will you do today to draw closer, to know him better in all his ways, to hear his voice more clearly and to obey more fully? Consider choosing a book about Jesus' life and studying it. ReJesus by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost would be a good place to start, but don't stop there. Try The Jesus I never knew by Philip Yancey, or What Jesus Started by Steve Addison.

If you can recommend other good books on Jesus, please leave details in a comment.

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