We are half way to the end of the season of Lent and I admit that I have been lax (again) in my daily on-line lenten 2014 journal. Let me catch up yesterday and today by offering a preview of the passage of Scripture I will be preaching on this Sunday. On a side note it also happens to fall in line with tomorrow’s Lenten reading. So in actuality I’m a day ahead. The reading comes from Matthew 17 and details The Transfiguration of Christ. Here is the passage:
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. 9 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.” 10 The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?” 11 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. 12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist. ~ Matthew 17:1-13
My favorite part of this passage is that Jesus takes with him the three disciples up the mountain. The community of Christ never ends–even for Jesus. Community is essential. Everywhere Jesus went he was with his community. What a reminder especially in our own individualized culture that we are part of a corporate faith. It is never about, ‘Me and Jesus.’ I’m afraid though that we are losing the corporateness of Christianity here in the west. I pray that isn’t true but I see it more and more. But we should stop and wonder that if Christ Himself desired to walk in community, why not us? Should the local body, being accountable to others, be any less of a priority? Something to ponder as we pass the halfway mark of this Lenten season.