Day 153: June 2, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

2 Peter 1:16-21
16 For we did not follow cleverly contrived myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; instead, we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, a voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him! 18 And we heard this voice when it came from heaven while we were with Him on the holy mountain. 19 So we have the prophetic word strongly confirmed. You will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dismal place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 First of all, you should know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from one’s own interpretation, 21 because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

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Eyewitnesses
by Amy Keys, Member of Brentwood Baptist, The Church at Station Hill

“Truth is stranger than fiction.”

“You can’t make this stuff up.”

In today’s Scripture passage, Peter reminds us that the amazing, breathtaking truth about Jesus isn’t just a great story. He witnessed it with his own eyes!

It was Peter who wisely told Jesus, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!”[1] He watched Jesus perform miracles, listened to Him teach, and spent time with Him day after day. Peter was there during the transfiguration, when “He [Jesus] was transformed in front of them, and His face shone like the sun. Even His clothes became as white as the light.”[2] Peter also witnessed an incredible transformation, brought about by Christ, in his own heart!

This same man, who vehemently denied that he even knew Jesus and refused to be associated with Him, was transformed from cowardly to courageous, a man willing to die for his Savior!

Peter reminds us, in these verses, of the perfect character of Christ. He speaks of Christ’s majesty, which implies splendor and grandeur, not just in how Jesus looks, but also in Who He is. Peter also writes that Jesus’ glory is majestic. In the Holman Commentary, Walls and Anders tell us “the word glory originally expressed the idea of weight.”[3]

When I hear this, the term heavy hitter comes to mind. Jesus is the ultimate heavy hitter. His majestic glory carries great weight and reminds us of His perfection and spiritual weight.

In addition to Peter’s witness of Jesus’ majestic glory at the Transfiguration, he also heard God the Father tell the disciples that He was well pleased with His beloved Son. There is no hint of disappointment. Knowing that God cannot look upon sin reminds us that Jesus Christ had none. God the Father looked upon Him with complete pleasure.

So, what does Christ’s majestic glory, perfection, and approval from the Father have to do with how I live my life? Everything!

If I am a follower of Christ, then the Jesus to whom I have given my life is this spiritual heavy weight. The Jesus to whom I turn to in times of sadness or trouble is majestic. The Jesus I present to lost people has complete approval from His Father. These truths about Who He is profoundly affect my willingness to trust in Him and give Him everything.

Everyone struggles with doubt. Sometimes, we look at our circumstances and decide they are too difficult. We feel weak, discouraged, and defeated. Sometimes I lose focus on the amazing qualities of Christ, His majestic glory, and the power of His Word. When I do that, fear, dissatisfaction, and futility set in.

God’s Word clearly shows us the character of Christ and the truth about Who He is, what He came to accomplish, and the power and future that belong to us if we belong to Him. Realizing those truths anew transforms the way we view our world, our problems, and the people around us. It takes effort, though, to stay in God’s truth rather than looking to media, other people, or even our own hearts for encouragement and motivation. We’ve got to stay in the Word.


[1] Matt, 16:16
[2] Matt. 17:2
[3] Walls and Anders, Holman New Testament Commentary, vol. 11, p. 113.

Praxis

Today, consider how each of the following qualities of Christ affects the way you:
1) See Him/understand Him
2) Trust Him
3) Walk with Him
4) And share Him


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Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.