Last Sunday after Epiphany
2 Peter 1:16-21:
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honour and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’ We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
Summary – The apostle Peter here explains his experience with Christ on the mount of Transfiguration. Peter was there along with James and John and they saw Christ manifested in a glorious form, perhaps with the glory cloud of God ascending on the mountain. This experience recalled the very foundations of Israel with Moses on the mountain, that was quaking with God’s glory and presence. Peter emphasizes that he was an eyewitness to see this glory. This also included seeing Moses and Elijah in transfigured form, as well.
Insight – It’s very easy for people to look at someone else and judge them by their appearance. Have you ever had someone reject you or say hurtful words to you because they didn’t like the way you look? Have your actions ever been misunderstood by others? This happened to Jesus frequently. The leaders of Israel said, this is a mere carpenter’s son, this man is from Galilee, we know his mother and his brothers, no prophet comes from Nazareth. Etc. Not everyone was able to see Christ as he truly was. Even seeing his signs and miracles, people did not always see what they were supposed to see. But at the Transfiguration, as Peter testifies in this passage, there is a revealing of Jesus true nature. It was as though the inner reality of Christ’s glory which was covered by his human flesh, broke through and they could see more of his reality. To get access to that glory today we also must, by faith, gaze at Jesus and see him as he truly is. Now we do not have sight but we do have faith to believe that Jesus was raised from the dead and reigns at God’s right hand.
Catechism – How did the apostles know about the glory of Jesus? They were eyewitnesses to see this on the mount of Transfiguration.
Discussion – How can we best game in glimpse of Christ’s glory today?
Prayer – Almighty God our heavenly father we come to you confessing that we believe Jesus Christ is your unique son who gave his life for us and was raised and now has ascended to your right hand. Grant that we who believe this may continually be reminded of his glory as we understand his word and as we remember that he is present with us by the power of his Holy Spirit in the lives of his disciples. We pray in Christ name. Amen.