Summary: Transfiguration(C) - All glory belongs to our Lord: Believers come to know and wear God’s glory and then come to show and share God’s glory.
ALL GLORY BELONGS TO OUR LORD (Outline)
February 22, 2009 --
INTRO: We know that all glory and honor belong to our Lord. Our sinful nature often tries to grab all glory and honor for ourselves. Or we may give glory and honor to others instead of our loving Lord. Our society today gives glory and honor to everyone and everything rather than God. Today we remember that the Lord is serious about his glory. "I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to an-other or my praise to idols"(ISAIAH 42:8). The Lord tells us that he will not give his glory to anyone else. The Lord will not give his praise to idols even though man does. Our text reminds us:
ALL GLORY BELONGS TO OUR LORD.
I. Know (wear) the Lord’s glory.
II. Show (share) our Lord’s glory.
I. KNOW (WEAR) THE LORD’S GLORY
A. Moses is bringing back the two tablets of testimony from God to Israel for a second time.
1. The first time Moses broke the tablets in anger and disgust. God’s people turned from God.
2. They worshiped the golden calf. They acted as if they did not know God’s glory.
3. Moses returns again to Mt. Sinai to plead for God’s people. God listens. God spares Israel.
B. Verse 29. Moses returns with his face glowing from seeing the glory of the Lord.
1. Moses had only seen the trailing parts of the Lord’s glory. Moses also spoke with the Lord.
2. Verse 30. This was not a natural glowing. The leaders were afraid of what they saw.
C. Moses encourages them. Moses knows the Lord’s glory. It is not to be frightening.
1. Verse 34a. Moses speaks directly to God, his face unveiled. God’s glory is recharged.
2. Verse 34b, 35a. The people saw Moses’ face. They began to (re-)know God’s glory.
D. When Israel sinned Moses sought the Lord’s favor. We are no different. When we sin we seek the favor of the Lord. In our sorrow over our sin we turn to our gracious God and find forgiveness. Today each one of us can go directly to God on our own. We seek the Lord’s glory directly. Our loving Lord graciously answers us and strengthens us. "I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame"(PSALM 34:4,5). Our Lord delivers us. Our Lord forgives our sins. Our faces glow with God’s forgiveness.
E. It is only by grace that any of us are saved. Multitudes in this world still sit in the darkness of sin and unbelief. All too many seek the wisdom of the world for answers. Worldly wisdom does not offer any divine answers. The wise are only trapped in their own craftiness. To the world the message of the cross is foolishness. But to us who are being saved, the message of the cross is powerful. The message of the cross is the wisdom and glory of God that every sinner truly needs. "Who is like the wise man? Who knows the explanation of things? Wisdom brightens a man’s face and changes its hard appear-ance"(ECCLESIASTES 8:1). We know, wear God’s glory with the “brightness” of sins forgiven.
F. Peter, James, and John climbed the mount with Jesus. There they saw the glory of Jesus as he was speaking with Moses and Elijah (Mark 9:2-9). You and I have it much easier today. We come to church and see God’s glory in his word. We do not have to climb any mountains to be with Jesus. We have access to and see God’s glory whenever we read the Bible. When we study God’s word his glory brightly shines into our hearts that we may know him better. "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth"(JOHN 1:14). Dear friends we have seen God’s glory in his Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior! It is only by God’s grace that we know and wear God’s glory. It starts in our hearts to shine in our lives.