Shake them to Wake them

Shake Them to Wake Them: How Jesus Changes Our Direction and Our Thinking

Cn. Glenn E. Davis

Last Sunday After Epiphany

March 03, 2019

Matthew 17:1-13

[Illustration: NFL Films, Jim Marshall runs the wrong way.]

v. 1) Eternal Glory: “high mountain” (Exodus 24:15-16)

v. 2) Eternal Manifestation: “transfiguration” Jesus’s glory is God’s glory, it does not fade

v. 3) Eternal Plan: “Moses and Elijah” Planned before time

v. 4) Eternal Misunderstanding: “three tents”

v. 5) Eternal Approval: “Beloved Son”

v. 6-8) Eternal Focus: “listen to him”

v. 9) Eternal Perspective: “Raised from the dead”

v. 10-13a) Eternal Timetable: “Elijah come”

v. 13b) Eternal Redemption: “suffer”

Conclusion: Jesus was transfigured so we could be transformed (Matt. 13:43).

Transfiguration and the Cross: ”The scene at the transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-13) offers a strange parallel and contrast to the crucifixion (Matthew 27.33– 54). If you’re going to meditate on the one, you might like to hold the other in your mind as well, as a sort of backdrop. Here, on a mountain, is Jesus, revealed in glory; there, on a hill outside Jerusalem, is Jesus, revealed in shame. Here his clothes are shining white; there, they have been stripped off, and soldiers have gambled for them. Here he is flanked by Moses and Elijah, two of Israel’s greatest heroes, representing the law and the prophets; there, he is flanked by two brigands, representing the level to which Israel had sunk in rebellion against God. Here, a bright cloud overshadows the scene; there, darkness comes upon the land.

Here Peter blurts out how wonderful it all is; there, he is hiding in shame after denying he even knows Jesus. Here a voice from God himself declares that this is his wonderful son; there, a pagan soldier declares, in surprise, that this really was God’s son. The mountain-top explains the hill-top – and vice versa."

--N. T. Wright, Matthew for Everyone, Part 2

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