We are now at the end of the season of Epiphany, the season which means to “shed light upon” Jesus. In the readings for today we will literally see how light is shed upon Jesus.
The First Reading is recorded in Exodus 24:8-18. In this passage we see the LORD in a cloud on Mt. Sinai, calling Moses to come to Him and receive the 10 Commandments. This event is called a “theophany”, a God-revealing event. It truly is awesome, and is a precursor to the Transfiguration of Jesus.
Notice that the elders of Israel beheld God and ate and drank in His presence; this too looks forward to the New Testament and to Holy Communion, where we also eat and drink in God’s presence. What a wonderful gift of His grace.
Revealing God, we thank You for the many ways you reveal Yourself to us, especially in Word and Sacrament. Open the eyes of faith to see You in Jesus, and draw us to follow You each day. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
The psalm is 2:6-12. Read the whole psalm. It is a coronation psalm, sung when each new king of Israel was crowned. It has its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus, Who is the King of kings and Lord of lords. All the world is subject to Jesus; in His death and resurrection He has become the victorious Lord of all. Let us follow Him.
Notice the proclamation in vs. 7 of the king being God’s Son. This passage is ultimately fulfilled in Jesus.
Lord Jesus, You alone are our Lord and Savior. By Your Holy Spirit lead us to follow You each day, taking refuge in You. Amen.
The Second Reading is found in 2 Peter 1:16-21. Here we have the apostle Peter’s eye witness account of the Transfiguration of Jesus; it really happened, and Peter was there to witness it. Notice also Peter’s emphasis on the fulfillment of Scripture in Jesus. Scripture is inspired by God through the Holy Spirit working in the proclamation of God’s people; Scripture reveals God to us, listen to, and follow, the Scriptures.
Revealing God, we thank and praise You that You have made Yourself known in the words of Scripture, and in the Word made flesh – Jesus. Open our ears to hear Your words, and open our hearts to follow You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
The Gospel is recorded in Matthew 17:1-9. What a truly awesome sight! The disciples saw Jesus transfigured and shining with heavenly glory! And suddenly Moses and Elijah were there with them. Can you blame Peter for wanting to set up three tents and preserve the moment? But even more than the presence of Moses and Elijah, suddenly they were in the presence of the heavenly Father as they were surrounded by the bright cloud. And they heard the voice of God: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Did you notice the words from Psalm 2:7 here? Heed the words of God: listen to Jesus! Listen, learn, and follow Him.
Awesome Lord, dwelling in unapproachable light, we thank You that You came to proclaim Jesus as Your beloved Son, with Whom You are well pleased. Open our ears to listen to Him, learning what He would teach us, and lead us to follow His voice alone. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.