Monday, February 25, 2018
Luke 9:35: And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to Him."
The passage leading up to today's verse is the account of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus reveals Himself in the fullest measure. Jesus is both God and Man wrapped up in the person of Jesus. Jesus radiated light and life for Peter, James, and John. And by extension, you and I.
And our verse is the "Tada" of the Transfiguration. It is the voice of the Father of God through the glow of the cloud. It is the one thing that we, Christians, hang our lives upon. Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is the Chosen One. Jesus is HIM!
The Voice of the Father:
The Father draws our attention to the Son. The Father leads us to the ONE through whom salvation comes. The Father draws our attention to our failures and our sins.
Do we listen to Jesus? Are we paying attention to what He did? Are we heeding the voice and actions of salvation? In many and various ways, we are not. That is why the words of the Father are a warning and a judgment.
It is also why the words of the Father are words of encouragement and hope. "Listen to my Son. He has the words of eternal life. Jesus has the voice to command sin and death to come out of you and give you life with grace and mercy. Listen to the voice of Jesus say, 'It is finished.' which means your salvation and life is secure."
And it is also why the words of the Father are words of love and engagement. "Listen to my Son. He has the words of love to lead us to faith is action. Jesus has the words to guide you into lifelong service and strength. 'Love the Lord with all you heart, and all your soul, and all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.' Listen to Him and let Him lead your life."
In what ways do you listen to Jesus? Please share.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.