Monday, June 14, 2010

Notes to the Lord: Kissing the Ground when Necessary

Matthew 16:28-17:6
28I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."
1After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.2There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Lord Jesus--I wonder if Peter and James and John got it...that this was the Son of Man coming in his least in a taiste of it. Here is just a bit of the glory that will be the center of
the kingdom that is to come. Rapped up in light and glory, surrounded by the heroes of ages past. That will be sight to see.

Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah."

I have a feeling that this was the last place that Peter thought he fit in...he wanted there to be some kind of controls, somekind of structure to this experience that he found himself in. There are times when it is just too free form for me too, this life that you have called me to. I can understand how Peter felt. By attempting to control the uncontrollable Peter missed out on experiencing the moment.

5While he was still speaking, 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!"

Lord Jesus--The validation and interaction with the Father was the reason that You came up the mountain with the Peter, James and John. You came up the mountain to bring the disciples face to face with the glory that you left by coming to earth, and that you deserve.

6When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid." 8When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

Lord Jesus--I am just like the these three followers of yours, I can only handle a bit of the realization of Your glory...of the majesty and power that you possess. Yet I still want to go up the mountain with you, I can still be hard to handle after all these years.

So what is the application? Where is the upfront and personal? You ask me to take each day with what it offers to me without the need to control the outcomes, if I feel overwhelmed I can always kiss the ground like Peter, James and John did and I will be in pretty good company.

Lord Jesus work in this day...

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