Sunday, April 12, 2015

This week's lesson (April 11-17): Who is Jesus Christ?

We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. -- 2 Peter 1:16-18, NIV
They say that "seeing is believing."

Obviously, they've never met some believers.

When it comes to special effects, after all, few things beat the Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36).
  • There's the same "voice from the sky" you heard at Christ's baptism.
  • There's the same announcement that Christ is God's son.
  • But this time, you also get Moses AND Elijah AND Christ himself lit up "like a flash of lightning."
All of which should have made an impression; all of which should have reinforced God's command to "Listen up!"
Unfortunately, it doesn't . . . and they don't. 
No, Peter has already dismissed Christ's prediction of suffering and death (Matthew 16:22, and Mark 8:32) -- and when Jesus repeats it after the Transfiguration, his disciples still don't believe (Luke 9:45).
When it comes to Jesus, in other words, his followers hear what they want to hear -- and if they don't want to hear something, then no amount of signs, wonders, miracles, and heavenly fireworks can make them do otherwise.
All of which suggests that seeing isn't always believing.
No, sometimes we need to believe before we can see.

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