That Bright Shining Moment: How Certain Moments In Life Remain With Us & Inspire Us

Posted: February 1, 2015 in 99-Uncategorized
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Luke 9:28-36 — Today, we move on from the powerful passage of Luke 9:22-27 on to the equally powerful passage, Luke 9:28-36. We will spend a day or two, maybe more here as well. One of the first impressions of this passage is memories. There are certain memories burned in your mind even years later. You will never forget these memories. Even if you can’t remember today what you did with your car keys, you can remember these certain memories.

One of those for memories for me is in basketball when I was 40 years younger than I am now. At age 12, in church league basketball. That year was a magical moment in time that I will never forget and I look back on it now as an inspiration even today. Trinity UMC in Anderson was the church. It was a church that seemingly was for all the non-lifetime residents of Anderson, SC. At Trinity, for the most part, everyone was not originally from Anderson. So, when we got thrown together as a basketball team as 11 and 12 year olds, none of really knew each other. Things started off real rocky dropping 3 of our first 4 games by wide margins. After that though, something began to click. We went on to 7 of our last 8 games some by pretty big margins. We played excellent defense and were truly a team on offense. We blew past our first two opponents in the tournament. In the championship game, it was a rubber match between us and Boulevard Baptist. That championship game is still in my memory. It was a game in which we played our best game of the year and won the championship. I remember virtually every offensive and defensive play in that game. At the end of the game, we were all celebrating how far we had come, celebrating a championship, and you just wanted that moment to never end. I am 52 years old now, but I can still replay that game in my mind. It was a bright shining moment. It is burned in my memory. I look back on it now, and it brings a smile to my face.

I think for Peter, James and John that is how they must have thought of this moment right here in this text. They could remember every detail. It is here that Jesus reveals His true identity. In a previous passage, Jesus asked the disciples who they thought He was. Peter rightly announced that Jesus was the Son of God. Here, Jesus confirms it. If there was any doubt in their minds before, this moment in time right here simply blows away any previous doubts. There would be no denying it now. Jesus is the Son of God. His divinity hidden is now shown all about them. Jesus is transfigured into His divine nature as He existed and still exists in the Trinity now. We will talk about Elijah, Moses and what they symbolize. We will talk about the inner circle of Peter, James and John, but for this moment, let’s think about the memories made here for these three disciples. Wow! Could you imagine? Jesus really revealing to you, right in front of you, his divine nature. How awe inspiring a moment! Peter, James and John could not forget this moment even if they tried! This moment, they would remember for years and years.

This is the message to us today. Jesus is more than some great philosopher. More than just some radical rabbi. More than just some political revolutionary. He is the living Son of God. This incident showed the true majesty and glory of Jesus. We had seen glimpses of this previously in Chapter 8, where Jesus stills the storm. You might can explain away that stilling of the storm as a coincidence. Here, though, you gotta believe or you don’t. Jesus reveals in transfigured fashion who He really is. The inner circle of disciples will remember this moment forever. This moment will carry them through many trials and tribulations in the early history of the church. Each will suffer. Two will die in the name of Jesus. One is relegated to an island to die of old age alone. All for the name of Jesus Christ. Do you think that drew back on this memory for inspiration?

Peter makes that clear in 2 Peter 1:16-18 some 35 years after this moment on the mountain, when he says, “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. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’ We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.” Combine this transfiguration with the resurrection, you will understand why these disciples were willing to lay their lives on the line for the spread of the gospel. They were willing to take beatings, imprisonment, being shunned by society, ridiculed, and, even, death. They knew of the true identity of Jesus Christ. They had seen his majesty and glory right here on this mountain. It serves as watershed moment in their lives. It is burned in their memory. I bet Peter, James, and John could remember everything about this moment right here many, many years down the road just as I remember that church league tournament championship game.

The lesson for you and I is that Jesus is the Son of God. He reveals it right here in this Scripture passage. When things get tough for us, we must be like Peter and even years later draw on the inspiration of this revelation. Jesus is the Son of God. He is bigger than any problem I have. He is not just some philosopher. He is not some just great guy. He is God in the flesh. No matter what we go through, this should inspire us. This should carry us. We should look back on this moment in Scripture and push on. My championship moment in the sun though just some little church league tournament for kids in little 1970’s Anderson, SC gives me confidence that I have what it takes to accomplish goals even to this day. Similarly, we should draw confidence from the true identity of Jesus Christ no matter what happens to us in life. No how much we suffer. No matter the deep dark valleys we go through. No matter the setbacks in life that we encounter. Jesus is, for real, the Son of God. No matter what we encounter. Jesus is the Son of God. No matter the trials and tribulations. Jesus is the Son of God. No matter what. Jesus is the Son of God. No matter what….Jesus is….The Son of God. Remember this moment in this Scripture and reflect on six month, six years, six decades later…Jesus is the Son of God.

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