Day 127 – Window to Eternity
On: March 7, 2015 | By: admin
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As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen. [Luke 9:33-36]
Skipping quickly over Peter’s entertaining suggestion to set up camp (don’t you just love his approach to life – leap now, check for parachute later!), we find Jesus being spoken over by His Father in a manner reminiscent of his baptism in the River Jordan. There, God spoke words of confirmation and encouragement direct to Jesus: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22) Here, though, God speaks to the disciples, again confirming Jesus’s identity, but also instructing them to take heed of His words. “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”
In light of Jesus’ discussion with Moses and Elijah (9:31), the words in question seem to be those we looked at on Day 124: “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” (9:22)
I wonder what passed between Jesus, Moses and Elijah. Arrangements for a “Welcome Home” party in Heaven? More likely, a heart-to-heart about the difficult days ahead for Jesus. How surreal that the One who had come from Heaven to Earth was chatting to those who had left Earth and were now in Heaven, all of them radiating God’s glory. How encouraging that God’s own Son was so like you and me that He knew the concerns and reluctance we do when confronted with life’s bigger challenges.
For the disciples, the fact that they were witnessing a scene overlapping with another world was, I guess, part of the process of them getting a handle on Jesus’ mission and the bridge it would forge between Heaven and Earth, God and Mankind. What they had seen of Jesus, prior to this, revolved around everyday matters. Here their eyes were lifted to something altogether beyond their previous encounters. It was a window to eternity. And that was what frightened Peter, John and James. They were robust types, but this was beyond their experience, and it rattled them.
As a disciple of Jesus, I should be living a life, speaking truth that points to another world – the Kingdom of God. I must be prepared for the fact that people around me will often react negatively, as it is outside their experience. And the seemingly stronger and more sorted the character, the more robust the reaction. This should neither surprise nor deflect me.
Father God, please enable me better to understand how, as one of Your chosen people, part of Your royal priesthood, I am resident of another Kingdom. Grant me the boldness and honesty to share this window to eternity with others. And the confidence in You to hold my ground when challenged or ridiculed. Amen.