2nd Sunday of Easter
Trust Christ and His Word
Text: 2 Peter 1:16-21
“Did God really say?” Those are the first words spoken by Satan in Scripture. That once perfect angel who rebelled against God and then was cast into hell was determined from the very beginning to bring down all creation with him. The most prized prey for his vicious attacks though would be the crowning jewel of creation, the ones made in the very likeness of God—human beings. Though they bore the righteous image of God, it would take one phrase to beguile humans and set off their race in a tailspin of sin: “Did God really say?”
That was enough. That was enough to get Eve to question God’s command and then alter God’s command and finally to disobey God’s command. “Did God really say?” was enough for Adam to stand there idly by, quietly conceding and consenting with his wife’s first sin.
That question is so powerfully evil that the devil figured he would just keep on using it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So he whispered, “Did God really say he would make you into a great nation?” into the ears of Abraham and led him to take matters into his own hands and lie about his wife Sarah, calling her his sister to protect her. And he coaxed into complaining some two million Israelites by causing them to ponder in the desert, “Did God really say he would lead you to the Promised Land?” That one worked so well he used it for over 40 years on the same people! Read the rest of this entry
Transfiguration of Our Lord
Sermon on 2 Peter 1:16-21
A True Story of Glory
1. It happened to strengthen Jesus
2. It was written to strengthen you
Text: 2 Peter 1:16-21
Way up high, beyond earshot and eyesight of the others, something spectacular happened. Suddenly his face began changing. It was glowing, like they had heard happened to Moses when he was on Mount Sinai. His clothes were suddenly dazzling. They were whiter than these new white paraments here at church, whiter than any amount of ERA, Tide, or ALL could ever make them. His clothes were so bright they were like a flash of lightning.
As Peter, James, and John woke from their sleep to see this magnificent sight, they also saw two others with Jesus. It was Moses and Elijah! The two greatest prophets in all of Israel’s history! They were right there in front of them, talking with Jesus!
With knees knocking and sandals shaking, they then found themselves enveloped in a great cloud, a cloud of glory. A voice thundered from this Majestic Glory and pierced their ears with these words, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
What a sight! It sounds almost unreal doesn’t it? It sounds like a great piece of fiction from Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Star Wars. It sounds like something you would see in the theater, graphics made on a Mac with CGI. It sounds like an old wives tale. It sounds like a campfire story.
But it’s not! It’s not any of those things. Peter says in the first verse today: “We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” This is the real deal. This really happened. Peter was an eye- and ear-witness of the transfiguration. This is A True Story of Glory. Read the rest of this entry