Preacher: In the story of Jesus’ ministry on earth, there are few and select times that the reader of the gospels is reminded that the Divine and Jesus had and maintained a very vital and distinct connection. Transfiguration Sunday is one of those important and peak times.
Seeker: And the disciples who witnessed it did not understand it very well, at the time. Obviously it became more relevant to them; or one assumes so since it was mentioned.
Preacher: Also interestingly, this occurrence did not prompt them to explore, more than they did, the connection between Jesus and the Divine.
Seeker: Perhaps, for the disciples, a connection was made between them and the divinity that they came to realize was a part of Jesus Christ. That is, Jesus the Risen Lord became their Divine. It does, however, set to one side the Divinity that the psalmist spoke of. “The mighty one, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.” (Psalms 50:1 – 2) Do you think, Preacher, that the disciples viewed the Psalms in a different way?
Preacher: I think, for the disciples, the invocation of the Lord God that the psalmist makes may attributed to Jesus in his being taken up to heaven and rejoining the Lord God they knew as Yahweh. It would be interesting know, however, how they incorporated the psalmist’s perspective, “Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him. He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people: “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!” (Verses 3 – 5)
Seeker: I see your point, Preacher. And I have to think about what the disciples turned apostles said about the impetus to turn to the Lord God and ask for forgiveness of sins. And Paul’s exhortation to come to belief. The way would be “gentle” because Jesus Christ was gentle. But the results & consequences of not coming to belief would be hard because of the high and holy expectations of the Lord God they called Yahweh & Adonai. “The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah” (Verse 6)
Preacher: Seeker, that may have been one of the reason Jesus warned them not to speak of what they saw until after Jesus had established his divinity. There still is so many things we do not understand yet; so many aspects of Jesus’ ministry that are still a mystery! For those things we do not understand, we just have to take it on faith. For now, it serves as the point in the Christian Lectionary year that we move into the Lenten journey.
Seeker: Yes, as Jesus turns towards his final journey to Jerusalem, we turn to the consideration of Lent; and then Easter. And I will keep in mind the pivotal event of Transfiguration, and what it means for the gospel & our belief system.
Preacher: Shalom & Selah!