AGAPE LIFE (Part 6) Revealing Glory, Mark 9: 2-13, Pastor Carey, Christ The King Sunday, November 26, 2017

Mark 9:8: Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.  On this Christ The King and Thanksgiving weekend, where have you “suddenly” seen Jesus in the past year or so?

My Grandfather showed me Jesus – as he cared for my Grandmother, my mother the same as she cared for my Dad both of whom were disoriented through Alzheimer’s.  I have seen Jesus through the love, devotion and affection many of you have demonstrated in the way you have cared for your spouse or friend.  I saw Jesus in the way a local restaurant owner came and served a group of teenagers and adults years ago who were preparing to lead an upcoming weekend retreat called Chrysalis. The owner not only donated the food – but he came and served it as well.  I have seen Jesus in the faces of CARITAS guests over the years.  I have seen Jesus in the hope of little children.  I have seen Jesus in the tears of a nurse visiting a family at the funeral home.  I have seen Jesus in the selflessness gift of grandparents caring for their grandchildren while the parents worked and on and on. Where have you seen Jesus in our midst?  This Advent Season may we also see that the manger and the promised second coming points to Jesus too.

Agape love transforms life – our life!  Because we have received agape love from Jesus and because we have been empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are called to live out agape love in every part of our life: what we say and what we do.  Living agape life blesses and transforms whenever share agape love with others.  Agape Life serves, it raises the dead, it breaks bread compassionately with others and it can calm the storms of life.  Agape Life calls us to give generously, live thankfully and Agape Life reveals the glory of Jesus in us!

The account of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ is recorded in Mark 9:2-9, Matthew 17:1-3 and Luke 9:28-36 and is a demonstration to Peter, James and John then, and us today, that Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be: God in flesh, Immanuel (God with us). The word “transfigured” means to transform or to change. The word also means to change into another form or to change the outside to match the inside. In the case of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ it means to match the outside with the reality of the inside. Jesus’ transfiguration displayed his divine Shekinah glory and the 3 disciples couldn’t explain what was happening to him.

Some of life’s experiences are like that – indescribable: the birth of a child, an unexpected promotion, tragedy, etc. The same is true in our faith journey as well.  There are times when God surprises us by showing up when we least expect it!  Maybe God comes in a time of worship or in our involvement with the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, or serving someone else, or in a song or music, or a movie or a book, or a comment from a perfect stranger, or a dear friend.

There are also times when God surprises us by having us surprise our self too.  Those are the moments when we say or do the right thing at the right time without even knowing it.  Those surprise moments also come when we discover the strength of God in our own struggles and we say something like, “I never thought I could have done this, and I wouldn’t have without relying upon God.”

The climax of the story comes as God the father speaks and when God finishes speaking Jesus is there all alone – the only one left.  Perhaps Mark is suggesting that Jesus is where our focus should be all the time.  In other words the prophesy and the law point to Jesus…alone.  Mark wants us to see Jesus – AND ONLY JESUS!

Christ The King Sunday is the final “weekend” of the Christian year.  It is the weekend that we remember who Jesus really, really is before beginning our Advent look back at the birth of Jesus – the promised messiah and savior of the world and to remember that even in that little stable in Bethlehem years ago, God’s glory still shines on us and it shines through us.

Three things happened on that mountain 2000 years ago: 1) Jesus was transformed to confirm and to show the disciples who he really was.  Jesus continues to do the same with us as well!  When we place our trust, faith, hope and joy in Jesus, we discover those “liver shake” surprising moments that affirm our decision to become a disciple.

2) The three disciples were transformed as well.  So are we.  Our transformation is a life-long journey.  It is not promised to be an easy or pain-free or without any struggle.  However, our journey has these promises: God will walk with us; God will be our strength in difficult times; God will be the source of wisdom and courage when we are uncertain; and God will never stop loving us – even when we fail, quit or disobey.

3) Each person there was strengthened.  Jesus found strength to continue his ministry of sacrifice and redemption.  The three disciples found strength for future hope.  And I am sure that they used this memory as a place of inspiration and strength to continue on when things got tough for them.

Remember Paul Harvey’s radio program titled The Rest Of The Story?  The transfiguration of Jesus was and still is the rest of the story for his disciples then – and today.  Agape life invites every disciple to reveal Jesus’ glory through the way we live transformed.  Just as with the 3 disciples, God wants to change us from within into the person we were created to always be.  The transfiguration of Jesus is a foreshadowing of the transfiguration of you and of me!  God’s glory still shines on us and it also shines through us and God’s agape love is the source of our agape living to glorify Jesus every day.

Leave a Comment

You can use these HTML tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>