Summary: Of all the people we know of today, there is only One Person that we really need to know. Other men are here and then gone, but Jesus will always be. Who will be left when time is done? Nobody But Jesus!
There are many well known, infamous people today. We hear of them from varying sources, and at all decibals of volume. We hear the constant barrage of names, identities, and personalities that fill the headlines and the airwaves.
With many of them, the mentioning of their names is followed by the sorted and twisted details of their lives. And our "sin-crazed," sin-hungry society is gobbling up the stories like candy. When their names are mentioned, most people know who is being referred to. They don’t know the person personally, but they know the person by the persons actions and activities.
Many of these people have been the source of great pain, regret, and utter embarrassment to the various people which surround them in life. And their lives have also provided Satan with another way to distract people’s attention from the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ! People are running to the tabloids for the latest dose of gossip. *EVEN MANY CHRISTIANS have put down their Bibles in order to be informed of the latest sinful occurrences.
But the enemy does not have to use sinful men to distract people’s hearts and minds from the Gospel, or from God in general. He will even use the "success" of men, even men of God.... He will use anything he can to pull people away from God. It is a great caution and warning to all ministers! Satan will use the "success" of a preacher who is experiencing a move of God in his or her ministry, to get people misfocused on the "delivery man," instead of on the "Bread of Life" Himself!
Many Christians have sadly repeated the plight of the believers at Ephesus, whom we’re told in Revelation 2 (quickview) , "left their first love." Other prblems that existed in the seven churches there are existent and evident in our churches today. They have let down the standards, allowed and embraced false teachings, and they had a name that they lived, but they were dead. These and other signs we see in the Church today!
And the only remedy for such things is a genuine move of God! I believe that much of the Church itself needs a revelation of Jesus Christ. We need to be reminded of Who He is, what He did, what He said, and what our respect and response to Him must be! In many places the Church itself has lost its reverence for Christ. Many people go through their daily routines and never give Him a passing thought!
Our lives need to be consumed with and wrapped up in Jesus! What we need is a "mountain top experience." We need to stand along side of these three disciples - Peter, James, and John - and come to the knowledge that was imparted to them. We need this "inside look" into Who Jesus really is!
The Bible says, "Jesus took them up and was transfigured before them..." He was changed in form, being arrayed in the glory and splendor of God. We need to see the glory again. We need the glory of God to shine again! In 2 Corinthians 3:18 (quickview) , we are told that as we behold the glory of God, we are transformed into the same image, from glory to glory. By experiencing the glory of God, we are changed into the image of Christ.