Discover the Book - December 29, 2011

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Our Glorious Lord

Come with me to the place Jesus let His Glory shine. Come to that hallowed spot that Peter couldn’t shake the memory of. To his dying day he remembered that awesome sight. There on a lonely mountain side he saw God shining out of Christ. Yes, he had seen the miracles. Loaves multiplied, sick healed. These were amazing. But nothing rivaled this. For just a moment they were bathed in an unearthly light. There was a warmth and wonder to it. So much so that Peter wanted to never leave that place. But there was also the sheer horror of seeing the unleashed glory of an infinite, incomprehensible, limitless God coming out of One he had spent so many days and nights with.

John said it near the end of his life, we beheld His glory!  Attending the transfiguration of Christ wasmemorable privilege “granted to only three disciples, our Lord’s intimates, Peter and James and John; intimates not because of favoritism, but because they more than the others were willing to pay the high price of following Him closely.  Like them, we are each as close to the Lord as we really want to be.”

For those three it was an unforgettable experience. 

·         In reading John's record of it written half a century later, we can almost detect the awe in his words, "We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father" (John 1:14). 

·         Peter too records the indelible impression the experience made on him, "We ... were eyewitnesses of his majesty" (2 Peter 1:16).  The passing years had only served to deepen their awe and wonder. It appears as though the evangelists vie with each other in their endeavor to convey the impression of the glory of the Lord on that occasion. 

·         Matthew records that "His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow" (Mark 9:3; see also Matthew 17:2). 

·         Luke adds other elements: "The fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering" (Luke 9:29).  The "form of God" shone through the form of a servant (Philippians 2:6).

So we are here today to glorify God. How? What can we do personally that would please and magnify Him? First we should respond to His glory. How ?

Fear His Holiness:Judges 13:21-22 “When the Angel of the LORD appeared no more to Manoah and his wife, then Manoah knew that He [was] the Angel of the LORD. And Manoah said to his wife, "We shall surely die, because we have seen God!" (NKJV)

Repent Of All Self-Sufficiency:Job 42:5-6 "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor [myself,] And repent in dust and ashes." (NKJV)

Confess All Sinfulness: Isaiah 6:5 “So I said: "Woe [is] me, for I am undone! Because I [am] a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts." (NKJV)

Bow Before His Glory: Matthew 17:6 “And when the disciples heard [it,] they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid.” (NKJV)

Believe His Word: John 20:27 “Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand [here,] and put [it] into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." (NKJV)

Talk About His Majesty: 2 Peter 1:17 “For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (NKJV)

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