Last night, I came home from a Spiritual Emphasis Week at Valley Christian High School down in the Phoenix area. Their theme all week was 'Imagine' which was a great title, especially for a guy like me. Imagining the Christian Faith is to open up the possibilities of what could come. It's awesome!! To read the Bible and imagine Jesus actually feeding the 5,000, or to imagine the smells of the prison cells Paul spent so much time in, or maybe to sit and wonder at the desert heat the Israelites put up with for so long; it's part of the journey. Imagination takes us from the doldrums of reality and moves our mind to a place where we can actually begin to believe.
So today I invite you to Imagine.
Imagine you're in the group of disciples.
You're sitting at the base of another mountain.
Jesus has started to walk to the top, with some kind of purpose, you don't know what.
The afternoon sun begins to set in.
But you don't want to get out from under the shade tree you've claimed as your refuge.
You fall asleep for a little while, waiting on Jesus and the fellas to return.
Then, all of the sudden…
"a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said,
"This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to
him!"When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground, terrified.But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid." When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus."
The story is found in Matthew 17:1-13. It's the famous Mount of Transfiguration where Jesus, Moses, and Elijah were all transformed into a bright light. WOW!! What a thrill it must been to see such a wonderful sight!! WOW!!
Ever wonder why?
Why is this scene in the Bible?
Why does Jesus spend so much time telling people to keep His identity secret, and then He does something like this??
What do you think?
(I'll write more later tonight. They're calling my plane right now!!)