Sunday, February 22, 2009

This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him

Today's sermon for Transfiguration Sunday had a timeless message for our family: It is good for us to be here! It was based on Mark 9: 2-9.

The Transfiguration

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!"

Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

There were several scripture references that I didn't catch, but I'll get them and update this post. I appreciated a classic Lutheran sermon reminding me of why it is so good to be in God's house hearing God's word. In hearing God's word, I am preparing for the future and getting a glimpse of glory. His Word convicts me; it shows me my sins. His Word also shows me why I can hope for glory. His Word reminds me that wrath, condemnation and anger are all gone through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.