Highlighted New Testament Bible

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

St Matthew, Chapter 17, verses:1-2, The Son of God: Jesus is Transfigured.

Our paragraph topic is:  (Jesus transfigured) Part 1.   

And now Jesus had taught them of the soul of man.  He had given them the knowledge of the value of the soul.  What would a man give to save his own soul?  What is more valuable than the soul of man?  And yet we would believe that we are just flesh and blood, skin and bones, and nothing more.  Christ wanted them to know that they were far more than the eye could see.  He wanted the disciples and the people to know that in this flesh there is something more than just the flesh.  So he had to demonstrate to the disciples the true nature of who he was and who they are.

On the seventh day he led three of his disciples up a mountain to show them his true nature.  They did not know Christ.  They did not know his true nature.  They had not seen him before he gave up his majesty and glory to become man.  They did not see him in his true glory.  But on this day they would see before them the true Son of God NOW after six days Jesus took Peter, James and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain by themselvesand was transfigured before themAnd his face shone as the sun, and his garments became as white as snow.

The Blessed Vision and the Transfiguration are reserved for the few.  Only those who are chosen will see.  Only those who are blessed will know.  Only those who can withstand the experience will understand the reason why.  For one's life will be changed.  No more will one look at the world in the same way, in the same light, with the same desires.  Jesus choose only three to witness his transfiguration.  And those three would know, would see, would experience the truth of the nature of Christ.  Would they believe?  Would they know for certain?  Would they hold on to what had been given them? 

His garments were changed.  His face was changed.  His body became like the sun.  Can we behold the sun in its full magnificence?  Can we look into the full radiance of the sun today without turning away?  What must it have been like for those three to behold the full radiance of Christ?  And what magnificence did they take away with them after witnessing this most beautiful sight.  Was it real to them?  Did they know what they beheld?  Were their hearts able to hold the truth of what they experienced?  What would you do today?  What would you say?  What would you believe if you were so privileged to have such a vision?  Would anyone believe you?  Would they think that you had lost it?  How would you rationalize it into your thinking?  

Christ gave the three disciples a glimpse into his true nature.  He allowed them to see him in his glory.  He shone in their presence and they experienced his glory.  Would that have changed them?  Would that have changed you?  Would that make a difference in your life today? Would you be the same person as you were before?  And yet he gives each and everyone of us, today, the opportunity to experience him, as the disciples did then.  Do you believe that you can?  Would you want to have that experience?  Come!  Open the door.  Seek the presence of the risen Lord.  Know the truth of who you are in Christ.  The opportunity awaits you.  Christ awaits you.  And the Holy Spirit greets you as you seek the truth.

Read the sign of the times! Read the Highlighted New Testament Bible and lift the scales from your eyes that you may see, that you may know, that you may find the truth of who you are in Christ. Read it as though you would read a good book, from cover to cover, and see for yourself. Do not study it in parts reading one passage and then skipping to another, but read it for understanding. Read it for knowledge. Read it for faith. Read it that your eyes may be opened, that your ears may hear, that your heart may be filled with the light of Christ. The Holy Spirit awaits you. Christ seeks to know you. Open the door and let him in!         

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