‘And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun,
and his clothes became white as light. ‘
Light spilled out of him. Brilliant. Explosive. Shocking. Brightness poured through every pore of his skin and stitch of his robe. Jesus on fire. To look at his face was to look squarely into Alpha Centauri. Mark wants us to know that Jesus’ “clothes shimmered, glistening white, whiter than any bleach could make them” (Mark 9:3).
This radiance was not the work of a laundry; it was the . presence of God.
How long since . . . a fresh understanding of Christ buckled your knees and emptied your lungs? Since a glimpse of him left you speechless and breathless? If it’s been a while, that explains your fears.
When Christ is great, out fears are not.
As awe of Jesus expands, fears of life diminish. A big God translates into big courage. A small view of God generates no courage. A limp, punyu, fireless Jesus has no power over cancer cells, corruption, identity theft, stock market crashes, or global calamity. A packageable, portable Jesus might fit well in a purse or on a shelf, but he does nothing for your fears.
Don’t we need to know the transfigured Christ?
One who spits holy fires? Who convenes and commands historical figures? Who occupies the loftiest perch and wears the only true crown of the universe, God’s beloved Son? . . .
The longer we live in him, the greater he becomes in us. It’s not that he changes but that we do; se see more of him. We see dimensions, aspects, and characteristics we never saw before, increasing and astonishing increments of his purity, power, and uniqueness. . . .
In the end we . . . fall on our faces and worship. And when we do, the hand of the carpenter extends through the tongue of towering fire and touches us. “Arise, and do not be afraid” (Matthew 17:7) – Fearless
Almighty God, we worship and praise you for your mighty and glorious power. We stand in awe of you, the true king of the universe. We bow before the radiance of your holiness and purity. We rest humbly in your presence. This is where we find peace and rest and the right perspective on all that happens in life. Knowing you and living for you is the joy of my life. Thank you for your goodness and grace. This is truly good news, amen
The Lord is great and greatly to be praised.
Max Lucado, Live Loved, Experiencing God’s Presence in Everyday Life, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN.