Yesterday was the last Sunday in Epiphany. That Sunday is traditionally called Transfiguration Sunday, when Jesus’ glory is fully revealed in a shower of light. Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday. I hope you can be here at church that evening at 6:30 for our worship service.
Over the previous several Sundays we had been on a hilltop where Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount. Yesterday we were on another mountain near Jerusalem. From this mountaintop Jesus could look down into the valley, “the valley so low.” What he saw was alarming, to say the least. Here was the end of the road. Here came suffering and death. From transfiguration on the heights would come disfiguration in the depths.
The disciples present there with Jesus got a glimpse of the divine nature of Jesus. It was overwhelmingly stunning! Yet, Jesus reminded them that the fullness of God’s revelation still laid in the future…on the cross and in the wonder of the empty tomb.
In our daily lives, God doesn’t often speak loud words from the clouds as what happened to Jesus that day. God’s voice is more often heard in Scripture and in our own inner beings. When we feel afraid to do God’s will…just as those disciples felt…let us remember Jesus’ encouragement: “Get up and do not be afraid.” I couldn’t have said it better!