Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives
May you never give up praying.
When you pray, may you keep alert and be thankful.
Pray that together we may make the message of the mystery of Christ as clear as possible.
(Based on Colossians 3 and 4)
Read the scriptures below and you can imagine our conversation was interesting. How do these stories impact our lives?
Well, they fuel our imaginations.
They tell us that natural disasters are summoned to administer God’s judgement or certainly that is what the Psalmist found consolation in.
Surely these readings make it hard to enter into the good news of the good news of Jesus that we are loved, forgiven and empowered to love our enemies and forgive not judging our neighbours.
The Corinthians reading calls us to be transformed in our view of Jesus and names the condition of those who are finding it hard to trust: perishing and blinded by the god of this world. But, ‘For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.’
It is the light in each person’s heart that reveals who Jesus is.
This revelation in your heart now will open up the scriptures for you and empower you to live life today, forgiven. It won’t be a dry argument with facts that removes the veil of not being able to trust and take refuge in the person of Jesus. Expect that throughout your life you will be challenged to look again and really see. Jesus calls you through the light in your heart to trust him and find refuge in him. Allow him to be your teacher and see what he does with these scriptures. If you are able, we are glad to share this enterprise with you.
Allegory of the Transfiguration: sculptures of Moses and Elijah, Guatemala, contemporary.
2 Kings 2:1-12
Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal … Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground…As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven…
The mighty one, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him.
He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
“Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. … Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” …he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
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