Pastor Kurt Holm
The Creek Church Community
Mark 9:7 Then a cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Remember the first time you looked through a microscope? What looks like a speck of simple dirt suddenly comes alive with texture, color and patterns. You now never look at things the same way again because everything has the potential to be more than it seems.
The transfiguration of Jesus was an event that revealed that there was more going on than what meets the eye. For Jesus, it affirmed the difficult path toward Jerusalem and the cross. Moses and Elijah assured him that this was what history had longed for and hoped for and looked forward to. God his Father spoke as well, to assure him he was acting as his own beloved son should act and must act. All of this was just a little frightening for the disciples. They were invited to witness a fuller reality of who Jesus is and of his relationship with his Father God. The voice from the cloud confirmed it. Jesus is the beloved son of the living God. And they were emphatically instructed to listen (carefully) to this Son of God. Listening carries with it the idea of not only hearing but obeying.
You and I have been invited by Jesus to embrace a similar relationship with his Father, “Anyone who loves me will be loved by my Father.” John 14:21. Moreover, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1. Our identity flows from our relationship with God. It’s true; you’re beloved sons and daughters. Amazing! And our obedience to our Father’s purposes, like Jesus’ obedience to the cross, is empowered by this divine relationship. Remember, listening to God’s voice carries with it the idea of not only hearing but obeying.
Prayer: Thank you Father that I am your beloved child, secure and confident in your love and ready to follow you…wherever. Amen.