February 22

Matthew 17:1-5

“Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’” vs. 4

Jesus had just told the disciples that anyone who wanted to follow him should take up the cross and be prepared to suffer. Peter hadn’t particularly liked that image–none of us do! No healthy person enjoys suffering! And Jesus was right, his Way involves pain and suffering–but not all the time! Six days after his dire prediction Jesus led three of the disciples up a high mountain and they shared an astonishing vision of his glory–and it was good. Peter suggests a building program, a way in which they could extend the moment. It’s a feeling we can identify with. On the journey with Jesus there are moments of glory, and even ecstasy, times when we catch glimpses of the resurrected Christ, and realize that we really are on the right path. We would dearly love to sustain those precious hours and make them a lasting part of our reality, and maybe even use them to erase the suffering that marks the way of the cross. Of course that’s not how life in Christ works. More often than not our days will be filled with the routine work of service, the labors of love that we have been given as part of our call. But mountaintops are never forgotten and will remain in our memories until the final day of glory when eternal peace is ours.

Thought for the Day: What moments of assurance have I been given?

 

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