Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday, 03/23/12


Gospel: Mark 9:2-13
Old Testament: Exodus 2:1-22
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:3
Psalms: 95, 102, 107:1-32
Today’s Gospel reading is a fairly short reading, but it has a strong message.  The message of today's Gospel reading helps to remind me who Jesus is.  This is very important, especially during this season of Lent.  I hope it does the same for you.

Today's Gospel reading tells the story of the transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor.  Peter, James, and John witnessed the appearance of Elijah and Moses, the transfiguration, and heard the voice of God.  I am sure you have heard this story before.  

The transfiguration revealed Jesus’ divine nature.  Jewish tradition placed the Messiah on the same level with Moses and Elijah.  The cloud covered the mountain, and when it lifted only Jesus was revealed.  The voice of God confirmed that Jesus was on a higher level than the Law (represented by Moses) or the Prophets (represented by Elijah).   

God’s words in this reading reconfirmed Jesus’ identity and added an imperative, “Listen to him!”  In today’s world, many voices try to tell us how to live and how to know God personally.  Some of these voices are helpful; many are not.  In order to listen to Jesus, you and I need to listen to his words in the Bible.  We need to study those words.  We also need to listen through prayer. 

The reminder in today’s reading is that Jesus is God, Jesus is the Messiah, and we all need to listen to Jesus.  This may seem obvious to most of us, and we may think we do not need to be reminded of this.  I do not know about you, but in my hectic life, I do need this reminder.  With all the noise out there, the reality is that the facts of this reminder tend to get pushed aside.

Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,

RPL


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