Embracing The Moment
“After six days Jesus took with Him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 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.” While 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!” Matthew 17: 1-5
In all my days I have rarely heard any commentary on the transfiguration, but I am going to give it a shot here today. The main thing that I get out of this passage is that we should listen to Jesus first and foremost above all, and not The Law, or The Prophets. Moses clearly represents the Law and Elijah the Prophets, but The Father said listen to my Son. Sure reading and studying the Law and the Prophets in the Old Testament can be helpful at times, but our main focus should be on Jesus and the New Covenant at all times. And wherever the Old Covenant and Testament seems to contradict Jesus we should always go with and obey the way that Jesus taught and viewed things. The Father clearly said listen to Jesus, so that is exactly what I am going to do.
The other thing that stands out in this passage is Peter wanting to build shelters/monuments for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. It seems like many in the “Church” always want to build a building/monument when they witness, or partake in, a move of God. Please notice that Peter receives no answer to his proposition. He is totally ignored by God. When God reveals Himself to us and we witness a move of The Spirit, we should just enjoy and embrace the moment for what it is; instead of trying to figure out how to contain, sell and market it to and for others. We should also allow those moments to pass so that we can press on forward into the next thing God wants to do in us and with us. We are NEVER supposed to try and bottle, contain and sell the things that God does before and within us. That would all but eliminate most products sold in “Christian” bookstores these days.
When we try to extend a move of The Spirit beyond its God ordained lifespan things always get weird. The Toronto blessing in the 1990’s may have been a real Spiritual blessing and event, but trying to keep it going to draw bigger crowds was a huge mistake. Worse yet was trying to turn it into a franchise in other locations. When we focus on yesterday’s manna, we end up missing the next great thing God wants us to know and experience. “His mercies are new every morning”, so please allow yesterday to pass so that we can fully welcome and embrace Him anew again each and every day and moment.
Kirk Out !