What God has to Say!!

 

This is a huge moment for us as Christians.  Until now, I missed the meaning of this “transfiguration.”  “And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Think about what this is showing.  Jesus face shown like the sun, and there appeared Moses and Elijah with him.  Basically, I believe this is comparing the bright light of Jesus with the lesser lights that were Moses and Elijah.  Moses was the original law giver, and Elijah was one of the key prophets for the Hebrew people.  But compared to Jesus, they were more like moon and stars in the night sky.  Jesus face, on the other hand, shone like the sun…the greatest light in the sky.  It is not equal to the moon and the stars, but greater.  When the sun is out shining in full force, the moon and the stars disappear.  They can no longer be seen, because the true light eclipses them so thoroughly.  

And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.””  Peter, the rock Jesus will build his church on, proclaims the equality of Jesus, Moses, and Elijah.  “The Church” declares Jesus, the Law, and the Prophets should all have their own tent, their own tabernacle, or altar.  

He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.””  There it is, the whole point of the exercise, the moral of the story.  THIS IS MY BELOVED SON…LISTEN TO HIM!!  So…Peter (The Church) has it wrong, and God immediately corrected him.  Jesus is not to be co equal with Moses and Elijah, the Law and the Prophets.  We are to listen to His Son, with whom He is well pleased!!  We do not worship  Moses, or Elijah, or Isaiah.  We worship and follow Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Jesus is what God has to say, from the beginning of Genesis, through all the prophets, through the New Testament, through today.  

When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.”  After hearing the Lord, Peter, James and John fell on their faces in fear.  Of course, Jesus comes and tells them to have no fear.  Upon lifting their faces, only Jesus remained.  We need to listen to him.  Remember this when reading the Old Testament.  Sometimes it differs from Jesus. 

 Moses says –  “If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” ‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭20:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬ 

Jesus says – “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”  John‬ ‭8:7-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Elijah says – “Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty men with his fifty. He went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “O man of God, the king says, ‘Come down.’” But Elijah answered the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. Again the king sent to him another captain of fifty men with his fifty. And he answered and said to him, “O man of God, this is the king’s order, ‘Come down quickly!’” But Elijah answered them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.” 2 Kings‬ ‭1:9-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Jesus says – But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village.”  ‭‭Luke‬ ‭9:51-56‬ ‭ESV‬‬. Some versions add to this – “You don’t realize what your hearts are like.  For the Son of Man has come not to destroy people’s lives, but to save them.”

All this is to say that Jesus Christ is what God has to say!!  He is who we listen to!  It doesn’t mean w discard the Old Testament, it is that we read it with Jesus in mind.  He is the one the Old Testament is pointing to, waiting for, prophesying about. 

We have no writing from Jesus.  The only thing we know He wrote was in the dust to be blown away.  His life is the writing He left behind.  He was (and is) the full personification of God.  We meet Him, study the four Gospels, and get to know Him.  In knowing Him, we get to know the Father.  We just need to have eyes to see, and ears to hear.  Because, Jesus is what God has to say!! 



“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” And the disciples asked him, “Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” He answered, “Elijah does come, and he will restore all things. But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭17:1-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬
“Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty men with his fifty. He went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “O man of God, the king says, ‘Come down.’” But Elijah answered the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. Again the king sent to him another captain of fifty men with his fifty. And he answered and said to him, “O man of God, this is the king’s order, ‘Come down quickly!’” But Elijah answered them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.”
‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭1:9-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬
“And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” 
‭‭John‬ ‭8:7-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬
“When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭9:51-56‬ ‭ESV‬‬
“If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”
‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭20:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬
 John Lewis
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5 thoughts on “What God has to Say!!

  1. Reblogged this on Not For Punks and commented:

    Wrote a post this morning, walked away from my ipad, and when I came back, it was gone. Obviously I wasn’t supposed to share that today. Instead, I am reposting an old post most of you have not seen. Hope you like it, I do!!

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  2. Good post, John. Glad you reblogged it. May I comment regarding your belief that Peter is the rock on which Jesus built His Church?

    The rock is not Peter. That is the Catholics’ interpretation of Jesus’ words to Peter in Matt. 16.

    The rock on which Jesus builds His Church is (1) God the Father’s revelation of Jesus to us as the Christ and (2) our confession of Him as such (both components are necessary: God’s revelation of Christ to our spirits, and our confession of Christ).

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  3. Thanks Deanna. My reference in here to Peter is somewhat tongue in cheek, I’ve had Catholics make that argument to me. I say tongue in cheek because Peter gets so many things so wrong, in this story as well as other places. But don’t forget, we not only have Matthew 16, but I think in john 21 after the resurrection….Peter is the one charged by Jesus to “feed my sheep”. Personally, I think Jesus refers to the faith shown by Peter in Matthew as the rock of His church, but I also think maybe we discount Peter a little too much sometimes. Maybe it’s because of his failings that he was uniquely qualified to “feed my sheep.” I forget exactly where, and I’m paraphrasing, but he who has had much forgiven, forgives much. Something like that.

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  4. But, the Law was written by Jesus, literally with the finger of God, on stones. Dust actually represents Man’s flesh (Adam was formed out of the dust of the earth) – so Jesus writing in the dust can be seen as writing on Man’s heart. I.E. The New Covenant.

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    1. I love that point Marcus, thank you for making it! I would say that as part of the progressive rebekation of God, writing on those stone tablets was Him meeting us where we were. Jesus always meets is where we are, but He doesn’t let us stay there. In His full revekation in Christ, I say He’s much more interested in what’s written on our hearts than what’s written on those stone tablets!

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