One of the things that we so often in the Gospels is we see the lengths that God went to, through Jesus, to bring us back home. We see Jesus, who is both fully God and fully human (a term called the incarnation) walk among us, suffer, go through everything that we go through as human, live, die, and be raised again. And through all this He overcomes sin, death, and the grave, and through His power, allows us to overcome sin, death, and the grave.
That’s how we see Him in the Gospels.
But there are moments, moments of divine glory, where we see Jesus in all of His power and might and majesty. Moments where we truly see Him for who He is. Today’s text is one such moment. Listen to what happens in the Transfiguration as found in Matthew 17: 1-6:
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 3 Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he 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!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear.
Sometimes in an effort to understand Him and relate to Him, we can take the majesty away from Jesus. Not on purpose, mind you, but just in treating Him so common and ordinary. Sometimes faith gets ordinary. Sometimes the stuff of faith becomes ordinary.
Sometimes we can take for granted or not really even think about who it is we pray to. We can forget the majesty of who Jesus truly is. We can forget His power. Forget His might. Forget His strength.
Not on purpose, mind you. It just becomes so regular and ordinary, we just forget.
Today, remember who is it we pray to. Remember who has saved us. Remember who has sustained us. Remember His power, His grace. See Him as He is.
He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He sits at the right hand of God will judge the living and the dead.
He is Lord.
Remember who He is today. And let us be thankful He hears our prayers and in on our side!
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