Transfiguration (Day 11)

When the self-confidence of godless men and the unrelenting antagonism of a secular society towards the Gospel erodes our faith and drains our joy, we need a glimpse of what the disciples saw in the Transfiguration.

Jesus went up a mountain with three of His disciples: “As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning” (Luke. 9:29)  How bright is a flash of lightning?  Peter, James and John saw the glory, brightness, and splendor of the Lord Jesus Christ that the angels see in heaven, and that one day you will see also.

And there was more: “Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus.” (Luke 9:30-31)  Moses and Elijah had lived and died hundreds of years before.  Now they appeared as large as life, sharing the glory of Jesus!

Then the voice of the Almighty spoke from the cloud saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him.” (Luke 9:35)  The world today rejects Jesus Christ.  But God calls you to listen to Him.  God has chosen Him, and He is able to bring dead men into glory!

The Holy Spirit sustains us by showing us Christ’s glory.  He renews your spiritual life through Christ-exalting worship and preaching and communion and prayer and fellowship.  Seeing and savoring Christ’s glory will strengthen you for the rigors of life in this Christ-rejecting world today.

The disciples did not stay on the mountain.  The cloud vanished.  Moses and Elijah disappeared from view.  Jesus’ face became as they had known it before.  The disciples had to live by faith, not by sight, and when they came down the mountain, they walked into a situation of great evil and profound need. (Luke 9:39)

That’s our position today.  We have seen “the glory of God in the face of Christ.” (2 Cor 4:6)  We are called to ministry in the darkness of a Christ-rejecting world, and we are sustained in that ministry by the Christ whose glory we will one day share.

Welcome to Unlocking the Bible’s tour of the Bible story. Join us on this journey through the breathtaking splendor of God’s redeeming purpose in Jesus Christ. For the next 21 days, we will post a daily devotional to help you reflect on Jesus’ glory by taking a broad look at all that God has promised and accomplished in Him. May God give you fresh glimpses of the glory of Jesus as you prepare for and celebrate Christmas.

Date Posted: December 16th, 2011

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