March 3, 2019
This is Transfiguration Sunday – when Jesus and three of his apostles, Peter, James, John, go to a mountain to pray. On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. Suddenly, the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him and he speaks with them. Jesus is then called “Son” by a voice in the sky, believed to be God the Father, as in the Baptism of Jesus.
Here is the deep lesson God speaks to us in this astounding account of what Jesus and his faith partners experience. God, in vision and voice, affirms Jesus as the one to fulfill the word of the law – God’s orderliness, as well as the word of the prophets – God’s deep, heartfelt, faithful and compassionate, otherwise desires for all the world and for all of us in the world.
At our 9:30 A.M., Sunday worship, in prayer, Word, song, sermon and Meal, we’ll encounter God’s gracious embrace through Christ in the Holy Spirit. We live this inheritance already, and not yet. Paul says we are already seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror. At worship, we can see what life could be like if we focused as much on the Kingdom’s already glorious transforming of us, as we do on the Kingdom’s not-yet glory in heaven.