Sunday 3rd March 2019 [Communion/ Transfiguration Sunday]
2 Corinthians 3:12-18
Hymn of meditation: PH 338
Your covenant and promises,
You have kept, have fulfilled them.
You are the Faithful Lord, O Christ,
Your Word on heart is written.
That I may keep the Truth O God,
Depart from all corruption now,
Your Word I seek to follow.
THE GLORY THE GOD
In our first and third reading for today, we see the glory of God manifested in the physical on two significant people. Moses, after spending forty days with God on the mountain, descended with a radiant face that needed to be covered before the people of Israel could draw close to him.
Jesus Christ with the three disciples (Peter, James and John) on the mountain. A week after Peter had made that declaration that “You are the Christ of God” – Luke 19:20b
Paul says that the glory associated with Moses fades but that of Christ is permanent.
2 Corinthians 3:11
And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
For us, as Christians, our vail has been taken off so we can reflect the glory of Christ. But…
THE GREATER GLORY
God’s intention is to transform us from this glory to a far greater glory in Christ Jesus; actually into the very likeness of Christ.
WHAT WE NEED TO MAKE THE GLORY OF CHRIST SHINE
- Obedience to the word – It serves as a mirror. Through it, we reflect the glory of the Lord. Moses descended from the mountain with the ten commandments
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it — he will be blessed in what he does
- Prayer – For the glory of God to shine through us, we need to be people of prayer. Jesus climbed the mountain with the disciples according to Luke to go and pray. It was while He was praying that He was transfigured and His real glory was revealed. Moments of prayer brings the glory of God on us.
LET’S BE WATCHFUL
- Sleep (Laziness): the purpose for climbing the mountain with the three disciples was to pray. Whilst Christ was praying they were sleeping which nearly caused them the experience they had. They only woke up to see Christ in His glory speaking with Moses and Elijah. Let’s be careful and not be weary in praying. Let us eschew all forms of laziness even as we watch, else we may miss the glory and blessings of God.
- Selfishness: Peter, upon seeing the glory of God wanted them to stay on the mountain. He suggested they made three booths on the mountain; as if to say “this is too glorious to let go, Jesus, curtail your ministry and let us stay here”. For a moment, he had forgotten about the other disciples and what Jesus told them about His suffering and the cost of being a disciple few moments before climbing the mountain with them.
Beloved in the Lord, what do you have, what have you seen, heard or benefited from the Lord or someone that, you do not want your friend, colleague, family member, church member, etc. also benefit from? “nkome nfa”. Because of that thing, you can lie, fight, and deceive, no matter what. What is that?
Beloved in the Lord, today, Christ is telling us to go and share what we have benefitted from Him with others.
Today, let the glory of God be shine in your act of selflessness. Bless someone, bless others too with what God has blessed you with. Whatever revelation or gift or glory of the Lord you behold is also for the benefit of others. Let’s not be selfish about the glory of Christ.
As we continue in the presence of the Almighty God, may His presence shine over us and may we reflect this glory for the entire world.