Listen to Him 1/13/2016

1/13/2016

Matthew 17-The Transfiguration

17 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them 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. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” 10The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

11 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. 12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.

Reflections:

When Jesus first visited his cousin John at the river Jordan he was baptized. The Bible tells us as Jesus came out of the water the heavens opened and God said, “This is my Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Now, during this rather unusual experience on the mountain top, when Jesus was changed so that his face shone and his clothes were as white as light, the disciples hear once again, “This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Only this time something is added, “Listen to him.” Do you get the idea that the Disciples were rather slow learners? But, let’s wait a minute and consider what we would have done in those same situations. How long would the “aura” of God’s words at the baptism have stayed with us? How long do you remember the key points of the sermon, or the Bible study? Just like those Disciples, we hear, but we have trouble remembering.  I am thankful for a God that is patient in teaching me over and over and over again, that I am a child of God, with whom God is well pleased. Thanks be to God.


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