Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
This coming Sunday we remember Jesus’ transfiguration. This event marks the end of Epiphany. May we hold fast to the glory of God and remember his words in our hearts as we head into Lent. Let’s top up our coffees and focus on God’s glory and his mountaintop experiences in our own lives…
Readings for Feb 23, 2020; The Transfiguration of our Lord
Exodus 24:8-18; Psalm 2:6-12; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9
[Jesus] led [Peter, James and John] up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. (Matthew 17:1b-8)
Just a few short weeks ago, we read about Jesus’ marvelous baptism and wondered how the people reacted to experiencing the fullness of God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- before them. Now today we read of an even more magnificent presentation of our glorious God. Jesus shining the purest of light, a brilliant cloud covering them all, and the Father’s voice once again speaking his words of love and pleasure for his son. What an outstanding moment to experience! In fact, It was such a mountaintop experience that Peter didn’t want to leave. He wanted to make shelters and stay, indefinitely. He didn’t want to return to the mediocre, the mundane.
Have you ever experienced such a thing? A time where you were seeking the Lord, walking in fellowship with him through his word and his people, and you experienced a mountain top experience? A time where your heart was opened to see a glimpse of God’s glory and love and mercy, and you were filled with his joy and peace and love? Perhaps it was a worship service, or a Christian gathering, or a song of praise, or a Bible study. A time where you, and perhaps a select few, felt the presence of the Holy Spirit and your soul was enlightened?
I can say I have had what I felt to be mountaintop experiences, but which would dim in comparison to what these disciples experienced in today’s reading. The most prominent was during a youth gathering in the early 2000s where I was chaperoning teenagers from our church at a 4 day long gathering of over 1000 Christian youth. I can’t say one thing in particular occurred, but by the end of the event, it brought me to tears having to leave such a holy place. Most recently, it was during a community woman’s Bible study where we all begrudgingly left our time of study and prayer, and felt truly uplifted and empowered by the Lord. Then there is without a doubt those times of Sunday worship where God has descended upon my heart in a hymn, a sermon or other moments throughout this fellowship. Perhaps you have your own moments. Each moment is a blessing. Each moment is to be remembered. Oh what an experience! Oh what a God to reveal himself to us when we seek him!
Despite how much we hate to leave such mountaintop experiences, we must return home. We must return to the everyday normal and mundane. However, let these moments be a reminder of God’s presence in your life. Continue to seek him and he will continue to wash over you, even in the most mundane. Put yourself in his word. Put yourself among his people. Put yourself in conversation with him. Put yourself in his worship services. And let him transfigure you to shine a most glorious light- his most glorious light- to those few in your path, and to tell others what he has done for you.
Prayer: Dear God, you are glorious. Help me to seek you and to see your glory and blessing in all my days. Help me to reflect your most holy light. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!