“He rewards those who seek Him…”

Do you ever make judgments about people you have never met?  Perhaps you observed a person act a certain way in a particular context and allowed that sample of data to shape your entire opinion about that person.  But you likely would be failing to appreciate that person’s distinct personality that distinguishes him from everyone else.    It takes time to get to know someone.  In our desire to know Jesus, we will not only need to encounter him once, but many times, in many different settings.  In the early morning.  Late at night after putting the kids to bed.  On the running trail.  On the mountain.  At the gym.  In your cubicle.  In the bedroom.  We will need to listen to what Jesus is saying and doing over and over again to understand who He is.  

So let us take some time to read today’s Word. 

Jesus took Peter, 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 fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
then from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, the disciples no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.

Here was a literal mountaintop experience of Jesus, where He was manifested in power and glory.  It frightened the disciples so badly, they scarcely knew what to say.  Now as I read this Gospel passage, I am drawn towards the Voice from the cloud.  The Voice does not announce something stern and commanding, which would seem to fit with the awe-inspiring grandeur of the light and cloud.  But instead it announces simply, “This person is deeply loved by me.  I want you to know him too!” 

A friend of mine recently welcomed twin boys into his family.  He, who had never been a father before, now has two beautiful sons.  He uploaded videos of himself holding the newborns onto facebook so that his friends and family could see his newborn children and share in his joy.  It was his way of saying, “These are my beloved sons! Look at them! Listen to them!”  All his family will be rejoicing in the blessing of these new lives, eager to form lasting relationships with each of them.  In a similar way, it appears that God is letting us know about his very special child, his Son.  He is announcing to us the coming of someone very special –  his very own offspring.  There is no stronger love between parent and child.  Let us share in the Father’s joy by welcoming His Son into our hearts.

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