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04/29/2008

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Our "Transfiguration"


"As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning" (Luke 9:29).

I have preached a few sermons on this section of the gospels called the Transfiguration. Jesus had taken Peter, James, and John up on a mountain to pray. The disciples were witnesses to this miracle. Not only did they see a glowing Jesus, but Moses and Elijah also. "As He was praying the appearance of His face changed." His deity was being revealed as the glory of God shone in Him. The Matthew version says, "His face shone like the sun."

The disciples had their own "transfiguration" or transformation that day. God said to them, "This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!" (Matt. 17:5) This place of prayer became their place of transformation. In terror, they fell on their faces. Jesus comforted them and told them not to be afraid. "When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus" (v6). With their eyes now on Him they were ready to go back into His service.

We, too, need that "transfiguration." It also comes from prayer. It is a transformation that comes from our fellowship with Jesus. It has the ability to transform our character so we reflect the glory of the Lord. We will not glow as Jesus did, but a transformation will happen. When we see only Him we lose sight of self and others. All else fades because He fills our whole vision. Our place of prayer will become our place of ransformation.

The Psalmist says, "Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." (34:5). The disciples did not stay on the mountain top, however glorious it was. There was work that needed to be done. So we also are not to stay there. It is a preparation for fruitful service for Him.

The more time we spend with Him in prayer, the more we are able to reflect His glory to others. Lets remove anything that limits or diminishes our vision of our Lord Jesus.

Have a wonderful day....Make a difference....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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