A Change for the Better

  A Change For the Better 

An article caught my attention on MSN, 10 things never to say to a woman.  I’m sure plenty of men got out the notepads, PDAs and maybe even their own hands to write down those ten bits of wisdom.  I can see them now referencing those scratch marks whenever making any kind of statement to the woman in their life.  The first one noted was the never-to-be-said statement “you look different” when a woman has had a haircut.  I’m sure that’s not the worst thing you could say but perhaps a much more positive approach would have better results.

If you were on the mountain with Jesus during this particular episode from Matthew 17, perhaps he would respond differently to this statement than a woman would only because at this point Jesus has turned completely to a glowing white light and is flanked by two great people of the Old Testament considered long dead.  It would be a tremendous understatement to say – you look different.  In fact Peter, James and John have just had a glimpse behind the human flesh of Jesus to see God.

White is really just a best humanly possible description of seeing the whole spectrum of light not only focused together but without the filters of a broken creation.  It would be like a human being who has lived underground all their lives suddenly being thrust into the noonday sun on the bright sands of our shores.  Wow!  Jesus you look different!  You… (speechless) …Peter really had no idea how to respond. 

Later when he reflected on this moment Peter said (2 Peter 1)

“…we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts”   (ESV)

Majesty, honor and glory, God present immediately before Peter.  We’d do well to take off the sunglasses of our sin, the underground living of our blindness to know that God is present to us as well.  Peter points not directly to that moment as the confirmation of truth but to the Word that God gives.  God is present to us in His Word.  He comes to us in the places where he promises to be, in the waters of baptism, in the simple food of bread and wine.  God is present when there seems to be no light, even when God seems absent, God is there.  God comes to us in words, water, bread and wine, He is present as we share those gifts with other in a kind invitation, a care-filled prayer.  God is present and He is simply majestic.

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