Sunday, February 26, 2017
Worship Time: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Scripture: Luke 9:28-45
The transfiguration of Jesus is really kind of a bizarre story. Not that half the Bible isn't bizarre...but still. This one is way out there. Jesus climbs a mountain with Peter, James and John. Suddenly, while he is praying, he literally lights up. Face glowing, clothes shining, the shimmery ghosts of Moses and Elijah flashing up next to him... The gospel special effects team had a field day with this one.
It's no wonder his companions "woke up" from their drowsy state, with all this going on. And it's no wonder that Peter, in the wake of all this wonder, asks if they can pitch a tent up there and set up camp on the mountain. "Let's just stay up here, guys! I really don't want to go back to work."
It's hard to come down from the mountain.
We'll talk about that on Sunday--difficult transitions, or coming back to reality after something extraordinary has touched our lives. But there's another part of this story, too. After they come down the mountain (which everyone must, eventually) some other amazing things happen. The disciples don't entirely understand it (per usual), but what's striking to me is that they don't even ask Jesus to explain it. Luke says "They did not understand what this meant...they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it." And that's the end of the passage.
Makes me wonder how many things we'll never know, simply because we're afraid to ask. That's what I'm thinking about for Sunday.
Meanwhile, this is the last week before we begin the season of Lent. (What? It was just Christmas!) Stay tuned for more info on our Lent series, Everyday Marvels, which begins next Sunday. I also hope you will join us for our Wednesday evening Lent study, which is an intergenerational program this year. We know that it is so important for children and youth to have relationships with people of all ages in their church family, so we're creating this great opportunity for all of us to worship, learn, and serve together. Go HERE for more information, and to sign up!
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