Summary: “A cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘this is my beloved Son. Hear Him’” Luke 9:34-35.
Theme: This is My Son, obey Him
Text: Gen. 15:5-12; Rom. 3:21-31; Lk. 9:28-36
Every successful student needs to listen carefully to what is being taught and also needs to read about what has been written on the subject. This makes what we hear and read an important aspect of our lives. These days, however, reading and listening have become very difficult things to do because of the many distractions that take up our time. These distractions come in the form of TV, video, computer games, records, CD’s and now the Internet. Today the average person spends very little time reading but we all still know that the most important thing about a book is not its cover but what it contains. You can buy a book with the most beautiful cover and never finish reading it because its contents are not worth reading. On the other hand you could buy a book with a cover that is not the least appealing and find out that it is the best book you have ever read. The value of the book is not in its cover but in its contents. In a similar way the benefits of what we hear depends on how we listen. You can listen and not understand what you hear because you are listening to too many things at the same time. How we listen is very important since almost everything we do is a result of what we hear. The Scriptures say it simply that “faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Hearing is an integral part of the communication process. But today we do not really hear what is being said because we are not listening. Listening requires a lot of discipline. It requires respect for others and their opinions. It requires staying linked to each other and learning about others. Just as it takes reading a book to know its contents and listening properly to understand what is being said, the value of a person is not in his or her looks but in his or her character. You cannot judge a person by how that person looks and many people who have done so have lived to regret it. To know a person you need an insight into the character of that person. You need to know his or her attitudes and behaviour. In today’s gospel reading God, as it were, opens the book for us to see its contents and speaks for us to hear. God allows us to see Jesus as He really is. He allows us to see the glory of God and to have a special revelation of who Christ is in the words “this is my Son, obey Him”.
The revelation of Christ’s glory as His appearance changed and His clothes became white and glistening in the transfiguration was God’s seal of approval to Peter’s confession of faith that Jesus is the Son of God. The word glory refers to the wonder of Christ in all His godly might and splendour. In His transfiguration Christ revealed the glory of God. The transfiguration was also the Father’s way of encouraging the Son as He began to make His way to Jerusalem where He would be crucified. The Father had spoken at His baptism before the beginning of His ministry and now speaks before the ending of His earthly ministry, both times to encourage Him. Jesus death was going to be a very painful one but beyond the suffering of the cross would be the glory of the throne.