Today’s Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21
Daily Lectionary: Job 3:11-26; John 1:35-51
And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place. (2 Peter 1:19)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Peter, James, and John were there on the mountain top with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. They saw Jesus transfigured, and they were enveloped by the cloud and the glory of God. They saw all of this and did not die. They heard the voice proclaim Jesus as God’s own Son and heard that in Him the Father is pleased.
It often seems that Peter, James, and John might have had an advantage over us. Where do we see the glory of the Lord around us? Why can’t we get a glimpse like they did?
Peter makes it very clear to us that we have Holy Scripture, which brings to us the blessings and work of God for us and our salvation. Peter saw and experienced it all. What he saw and heard would lead him to tell others and to write it all down. Throughout the history of the world, Peter’s message has been handed down and is now given to you.
You do not need a mountain or a cloud or Moses and Elijah to experience the presence and glory of the Lord. Each time you gather at the Divine Service you are given the fullness of God’s grace and glory. In your Baptism, the Father proclaimed that He is pleased with you and that you are His beloved child. In the Lord’s Supper you gather with Moses, Elijah, Peter, James, and John and all the company of heaven as Jesus feeds you with the Bread of heaven that will never perish. In the Word and Sacraments you are given the new creation, the sure and certain hope that you will never die, but will live in Him who was transfigured, crucified, and risen from the dead, all for you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Kent Schaaf
This is God’s beloved Son! Law and prophets sing before Him, First and Last and only One. All creation shall adore him! Alleluia! (Jesus on the Mountain Peak, LSB 415:4)