Text: 1 Peter 1:16-21
“I’ll believe it when I see it.”
That’s the American way! We want proof. We want evidence. We want empirical data. Even photos or video footage aren’t good enough. Those can be doctored up and edited. Thus, we won’t believe anything until we see it first!
We can understand why the lessons for this coming Sunday are so important. They all revolve on trusting in things we haven’t seen. Abraham believed promises from God that seemed impossible. Thomas didn’t believe his disciple buddies had seen the risen Savior Jesus. And in the present, we face a similar challenge: We haven’t ever seen our Savior and our God Jesus Christ!
Peter gives us great encouragement today. The words of Scripture aren’t made up like Harry Potter playing Quidditch. This isn’t the Hunger Games. Peter and the other apostles were eye witnesses and ear witnesses of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We can be sure that Scripture is true and that Jesus is truly our Savior because these are real things that real people saw and heard. Ever wonder why there are four gospel accounts? We would call that today in our culture corroborating evidence!
Even more, Peter continues to assure us about the veracity and validity of Scripture by informing us that these weren’t made up or embellished stories, either. Rather, the prophets and apostles spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. God inspired and helped write every single word–every single letter even–of his Holy Word.
We weren’t around when the Bible was written. We have never seen Jesus. But yet we still trust. This is called “faith.” What a blessing to have this gift of faith given to us by God to believe what we have never seen which such sure confidence!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I have never seen you. I have never heard your voice. Yet continue to give me a sure and certain faith that sees and hears you through the pages of Scripture. Give me a confident trust that you are my Savior and that your words in Scripture are true. Erase my doubts and strength my belief. In your name I pray, AMEN.
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