A Being Worth Seeing . . .
A Being Worth Seeing . . .
"While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!' When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. 'Get up,' he said. 'Don't be afraid.' When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus." Matthew 17:5-8 (NIV)
In our most recent eThought visit, we wrote about Jesus as a being worth seeking, as the Maji did. They had been searching for a sign, preparing, and when they saw the star, the magi started moving toward the manger, seeking the savior, as wise men through the ages have done.
The text above shows us a being worth seeing. Three disciples witness the transfiguration and see, on the mountain with them and Jesus, both Moses and Elijah. And then they hear the voice of God. It's some pretty heady company the disciples are in. As the disciples often were . . . and as we often are . . . they were greatly afraid -- "terrified."
But Jesus said to them the same thing He says to us: "Get up. Don't be afraid."
"When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus."
When you see Jesus, you don't see the trouble in anything else or even the beauty in anything else. You see Jesus alone.
Oswald Chambers instructs, maybe even warns, that "if you see only what He has done for you, your God is not big enough." Maybe you would classify God as someone who takes care of your every need, which the God of the Bible surely promises He is capable of doing.
"But if you have had a vision," Chambers writes, "seeing Jesus as He really is, experiences can come and go, yet you will endure 'as seeing Him who is invisible,'" which is just what Moses did when he, by faith, left Egypt, "not fearing the king's anger." Jesus was ages from being born by a virgin when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, but he'd seen Jesus, just as surely as Mary had, just as surely as Peter, James and John had "up on a high mountain."
If that happens, if you come face-to-face with not only His power but with the creator of mercy and grace, of beauty and compassion, you can respond in several ways. But you can never be the same.
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