Sunday, March 8th, 2020. The Second Sunday of Lent
Today’s scripture is Matthew 17:5, “While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”
The scripture passage today tells us about Jesus going to the mountaintop. He took His inner three, Peter, James and John with Him. It is upon this mountain that Jesus is TRANSFIGURED! Jesus is joined by Moses and Elijah. I can’t even try to imagine what that moment was like. The Bible also tells us that Jesus, Moses and Elijah struck up a conversation.
What do you suppose they talked about?
I am only speculating but perhaps Moses and Elijah came to speak to Jesus about His current ministry, preparation for Jesus’ impending death sentence.
Or perhaps it was a lesson for Peter, James and John and ourselves that we are not to build up treasures for ourselves on earth and we are not to construct things that take away from the glory meant for God.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
“You shall make for yourselves no idols and erect no carved images or pillars, and you shall not place figured stones in your land, to worship at them; for I am the Lord your God. You shall keep my sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.”
This week we will focus on “REMEMBER”
• Do you recall where you last encountered God in a transformational way?
• What did it feel like?
• How did it change you?
As Rev. Sam Grothlin writes in the pamphlet, “High on the mountain we experience God in palpable ways. It is good for us to be there. And it is good for us to return home.”
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.