Saturday, March 2, 2019

Transfiguration Sunday

Looking Through Transfigured Lenses

Transfiguration Sunday greets us like an old friend every year right before Lent. It does not get the attention of other major religious holidays, but I believe it offers something unique and valuable to our faith. Before we embark on this forty day journey, we get a glimpse of the ultimate destination. We do not get a vision of the cross, the empty tomb, or Jesus’ ascension. Instead, we get a glance of our Messiah’s heavenly glory. Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountain is one of the most important stories in the Bible. Peter, James, and John see their teacher change into something completely different. Words have immense power, but they are also limited in describing the Divine. Mark does his best to describe the event.

“Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus” (Mark 9:2-4, NRSV.)

It is an unbelievable scene, but the description never fully resonated with me. I recently came across some YouTube videos of colorblind teenagers putting on special glasses and seeing the world with new eyes. They cannot fully describe what they are witnessing; they can only cry out in joy.

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Lord, help us to see the real you. Help us to see the world you love through your eyes!

In Hope and Confidence,
Pastor Dave

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