Friendship Baptist Church Kansas City, Missouri
This is My Son, Listen to Him.
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Matthew 17:1-8

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 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.” 5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son,[a] with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” 8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

 

It is almost  like some stubborn injury an athlete endures. Engaged in therapy, medicinal applications, rest, support mechanisms all employed in order to enable the athlete to perform at a effective level in pursuit of victory. But the stubborn injury simply will not go away. It yet remains, aching and pulsating reminding this disciplined competitor that victory will only be achieved through endurance and the painful reminders of ones weakness.

 

In many instances, we Christians struggle with our inability to remain focused and fixed in our faith on Jesus Christ only. We have been hounded and dogged by the lure of religious exercise, rituals, creeds, policies, personalities and personal preferences that have proved to serve as stumbling blocks to the advance of God's kingdom. The rule and reign of Christ in the world is but a minor sub plot to our ongoing saga of worship wars, doctrinal battles and authoritative turf schisms that threaten not only the mission of the church but the very fabric of its Christian fellowship. Like Peter in the Matthew 17 text we experience the mountain moments with God, and yet we do not fully understand at times its implications nor its instructions. Our worship at times becomes mindless and without purpose or fulfillment.

 

It is after reminding his disciples of his imminent death that Jesus takes with him upon a "High Mountain" Peter, James and John. Only three. We learn a bit about leadership and relationships in this moment. That Jesus may have well called twelve initially, and then on to 70 and then on to include others; but they  were not a part of his inner circle. We must tend to our inner circle. We mustn't be too hasty in including everyone within such proximity to us. Jesus invested, inspired, and instructed these three in ways the twelve would not imagine. He showed them a glimpse of His glory.

 

And Peter like us, we he saw it, did not understand. He wanted to honor and worship all three. He wanted the exciting experience to never end. He wanted the "High Mountain" moment always. And just then Heaven spoke in a voice of authority and affirmation. "This is my Son in whom I am pleased, listen to Him" And then in a moment its was all over....there was just Jesus standing in His glory.

 

As if to say to Peter and to us.....No one compares to Jesus. No one deserves our praise but Jesus. Jesus has no competitors. Our worship and our work is for Jesus. Our witness is for Jesus, It was meant to encourage, but also to instruct and inspire. In our world of celebrity shows, social media, and entertainment masquerading as worship.... Heaven declares to all of us...THIS IS MY SON.....LISTEN TO HIM.

 

May we all move beyond ourselves.....to see Jesus in all His glory. For it is "Jesus Christ Only and Always."


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