Friday, January 27, 2012


[From 1/26/12]

"While (Peter) was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, 'This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!'"
(Matthew 17:5)

Peter, James & John go up with Jesus to a "high mountain."  It's there that Jesus is transfigured before them - his appearance becomes dazzling white.  The 3 disciples suddenly see him talking with two of the greatest leaders from the Old Testament: Moses & Elijah!  Overwhelmed by the moment, Peter offers to make three tents - one for each of the dignitaries (including Jesus!).  But it's at that moment that God's voice booms from heaven expressing his love for & pleasure in Jesus.  AND commanding them to listen to him.

Christians over the ages have been caught up with Peter's same fervor.  We become excited by the glory of God we experience, and as a response we want to do something for God - like build something in His Name.  Monuments, pieces of art, new centers of worship, etc.  I wonder though... if that's the easy response?  Might God be wanting us, instead, to listen to Jesus?  To really listen?  To follow his teaching and instruction first & foremost.  Forgiving our enemies... Loving the unlovable... caring for those in need... putting others ahead of ourselves, etc.  Could it be that's the way we best honor our Lord?

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