Devotion and Prayer for Week of February 19, 2012

Meditation for the Week beginning February 19, 2012

 

“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves and he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them… And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, ‘This is my beloved Son, listen to him.’” (Mark 9:2-3 & 7)

 

Most Christian churches celebrated the transfiguration of Jesus this past Sunday.  Transfiguration Sunday brings to an end the season of Epiphany.  In Epiphany Jesus is revealed to be the Son of God, the promised Messiah, the Savior of the World, who is capable of doing mighty and wondrous things.  In the season of Epiphany we see Jesus perform his first miracle and then he continues preaching and teaching all around Galilee driving out many demons and healing the sick.

Then comes this event on the mountaintop where his glory as the Son of God is revealed in all its majesty and magnificence in front of three of his disciples.  They see Jesus as he really and truly is, God, an awesome God who is so great and is so beyond anything or anyone they could ever imagine.  They literally don’t know what to say or do once they are shown Jesus in his glory.

They also hear God speak to them and declare that this is His Son and importantly that they should listen to Him, (Jesus).  Given all that the disciples have seen and heard, it is no wonder that they are overwhelmed and don’t know what to say or do!  I don’t think many of us would fare much better than the disciples.

This transfiguration event is important!  For in the week following this Sunday the church enters the season of Lent.  This is the season that focuses on Jesus heading to Jerusalem knowing that he is going there to suffer and die at the hands of the chief priests and scribes.  And this is where the transfiguration event becomes so important.  For it is this event, that reminds us of the magnificence of God in human form, the man Jesus Christ, who is yet at the same time, fully man and fully God.

We all too often humanize Jesus, too much and forget that he is God!  We lose sight of the fact that God is going to send His Son to take the punishment that we deserve for our sins and failures.  We forget that God is willingly sacrificing His Son so that we do not have to experience separation from God.  It is through the suffering and death of Jesus that we are made right with God.  Not that we are made perfect, rather that we are forgiven and declared exonerated from our sins because of Jesus and his life, death and resurrection.

The transfiguration event shows us how great our God is and how much he loves us that he does everything necessary for our salvation.  We should certainly be in awe of our magnificent God who loves us so much to save us.

 

Weekly Prayer

 O Lord, you are an awesome God, who is without equal.  We are so thankful that you have sent Jesus to be God with us and that in his human manifestation we can identify with him.  But we are so thankful that you have revealed to us his glory, power and might on the mountain top.  For we can take comfort that Jesus as our Lord and Savior provides for our salvation and eternal life. Thank You Lord for this gift and help us to listen to your beloved Son. Amen