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February 27th

In today’s NT readings we have the incident of the Transfiguration of Jesus. It was witnessed by the three core disciples, Peter, James and John.


Mark 9: 9 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.”

2 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, 3 and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.

The word in Greek for transfigured is Metamorphoo; the word we get metamorphosis from in English. This is the same term we use of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly.
Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus on the mount and the disciples are amazed at what is taking place. I think we all would have been stunned. Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophets and the Law. Peter suggest that three booths be made, but a theophany tells the disciples: “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” and the scene returns to normal, again. Jesus instructs the apostles to keep this a secret until He has risen from the dead.
Much could be said of the Transfiguration, but I found a succinct explanation of its primary significance, involving the Kingdom and the Messianic Secret, with which I agree:

“Jesus is God the Son. His ministry on Earth was to display the coming kingdom of God and reveal the pathway to citizenship in that kingdom. In order to do this, he revealed his divine nature to humanity in very real ways. The Transfiguration event was probably the most definitive revelation of Jesus as divine next to the resurrection itself. Here Jesus is shown to be greater than the Law and the Prophets and that he was the beginning of the new covenant of grace that brings humanity to salvation and glory to God.” [From Biblestudytools.com]

Maranatha! IC -|- XC

Prayer for Today:
Lord, accept the sacrifices made by my persecuted Christian family as worship. Their love for You inspires me, and I join with them in responding to Your love. Amen.

Yesterday, our Pastor preached on the Transfiguration -- the sermon was titled "Listen to Him" (from Mark 9:7). He asked us to imagine that we were there along with Peter, James, and John when God instructed them to 'Listen to Him'. Then he went on to describe how we would be if we did listen to Jesus. First, he quoted some OT scriptures: Hosea 6:6 "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings." and the oft-quoted verse from Micah "And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." Then, not surprisingly, he transitioned to the New Testament (Mt 22:34-39) and focused on Jesus' answer to the question about The Greatest Commandment: "Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’"

"Listen to Him"... and follow!

Godspeed,
J

I love to set myself apart in my prayer and reading time whether in my bed quietly at night or in mornings listening to audio Bible on way to work. I listen to soothing music in class. I stay to my self throughout day at school or during planning. Pray and write in journal. I raise hands in worship at church..sing quietly going around my class. I only listen to soft innocent shows before bed. Light hearted comedy or game shows. That's how I set apart

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