Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to affirm to others that Jesus spoke to Moses and Elijah about His departure and His Funeral Arrangements for Life.

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8 March 2009

Second Sunday in Lent

U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris

Fortress Chapel

Contingency Operation Site (C.O.S.) Sykes

Tall-afar, Iraq

BIG IDEA: The Synopsis Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) share with us Peter, James, and John’s Mountaintop Experience with Jesus, Moses and Elijah, but ONLY LUKE tells us WHAT they talked about.

REFERENCES: Matthew 5:17 (ESV) Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Romans 8:17 (KJV) And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; If so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together; Romans 4:24-25 (ESV) but for our also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification; 2 Peter 1:16-21 ESV (Peter speaks of Christ’s Glory and the Prophetic Word); Revelation 19:10 (ESV) Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy; Mark 8:31-38 (Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection); Mark 9:2-9 (The Transfiguration); Matthew 17:1-8 (The Transfiguration); Luke 9:28-36 (The Transfiguration); Psalm 22:23-31 (Why Have You Forsaken Me?); Deut. 34:6 ESV (and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day); 2 Kings 2:11 (ESV) And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven; Exodus 34:30 (ESV) Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him;



III. READ THE TEXT: Luke 9:30-31 (ESV) And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to affirm to others that Jesus spoke to Moses and Elijah about His departure and His Funeral Arrangements for Life.

V. SERMONIC THEME: “Funeral Arrangements for Life”


I think everyone, in here, this morning can attest to the fact that “we are not going to live in this “shell of a body” forever. If this news comes as surprise to you. I apologize for sharing such morbid news with you. But, Job 14:1 (KJV) says: Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. In other words, we are not going to live forever on this side of heaven. So, we need to make “Funeral Arrangements for Life” . And this can be done by accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Savior today.

Still, and rightfully so, funeral discussions aren’t very popular topics. Folk don’t like to talk about funerals. People don’t like to hang-out in funeral homes. And children don’t play in graveyards.

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