March 21, 2017

By Mike Donnalley

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

(Matthew 17:1-8)

Peter, James, and John saw Jesus arrayed in all of his glory. They were allowed to see and experience in person the manifestation of these very words that Paul writes to the Colossian church:

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:15-20)

Fortunately for us, this is not a singular experience that only Peter, James, and John got to enjoy. Rather this is the “fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11) that God has promised to us. Either when Jesus returns or when we die, whichever comes first, we will physically see and experience Jesus in all of his beauty and glory - in more ways than are imaginable!

Slow down this week and meditate on the reality and certainty that you will see Jesus.

Slow down this week and meditate on the reality and certainty that you will see Jesus, in all his glory, and it will be the greatest joy you will ever experience. Peter, James, and John fell on their faces because the magnificence of Jesus’ glory terrified them. This is how you and I would respond if we saw Jesus now, while we are still bound to our sin. But there will be a day when we will be set free from sin and we shall see Jesus face to face (1 Cor. 13:12)!

But there will be a day when we will be set free from sin and we shall see Jesus face to face!


So, again, slow down this week and consider the inexhaustible joy you will have when you finally see Jesus in all of his glory. Allow this joy in Christ to move you to share Him with others in your life! Pray that God will show you how wonderful, beautiful, and glorious Jesus is in every aspect of your life, whether be it in the mundane tasks at work, or the joyful seasons, or the sorrowful seasons.