What’s REAL glory?

Matthew 17:1,2,+9

“After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. … As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

The juxtaposition is breathtaking! “His face shone like the sun!… raised from the dead.” What?!? What in the world does “death” have to do with this glorious God-man?!?

Thank God, “death” has everything to do with Jesus, the glorious God-man! The whole point of Jesus’ coming to this earth was so that he could die, more specifically, that he could die in your place and mine, to win us forgiveness.

We’ve now entered Lent, the season in which we focus on Jesus’ sufferings, leading up to his death. It’s somber and humbling because Jesus is suffering for our sins!

But it’s also glorious. Why so? Because Jesus’ suffering reveals the heart of God to us, reveals to us how much God loves us! The transfigured, glorious Jesus reminds us that Jesus could have stopped this suffering anytime he wanted! The fact that he didn’t reminds you that God has – and will – love you forever.

And that’s glorious.

Thankful for Jesus’ glorious love, just like you,

pastor