“This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.”
Today on the Christian Calendar is Transfiguration Sunday. Each year it occurs the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. This is significant because the season of Lent (the 40 days leading to Easter) more than any other season in the Year is meant to for us to listen well.
Jesus took three of his disciples up a mountain, secluded from all else, and he revealed to them his glory. Moses and Elijah showed up to join in the awe of the event, two of the most influential men of the Old Testament. This was all designed to draw attention to Jesus. Everything which was given in the past, what is happening in the present, and what will be in the future all focuses on the mid-point of history: Jesus, who is Lord and Savior.
What’s more, Father God’s voice speaks into the glorious event. His instruction was clear and succinct. Listen to Jesus. Listen to Jesus. This is to be our assignment and our posture for the next six weeks. You and I are to be intentional about breaking away from our life in the valley, ascend the mountain with Jesus in solitude, and get a glimpse of his glory. Like a mother who puts her hands to her busy two-year old’s face to get his attention, God is speaking to us, if we will but listen.
To be fully in the moment, having an open mind and heart to Jesus requires some solitude and silence. Having both a consistent time and place to ascend the mountain, meet with Jesus, and listen to him is most necessary for you and me. Our minds are too distracted without the firm decision to guard a time and place to listen well to Jesus. Where and when we meet with Jesus might have options, but, for the Christian, it is not an option whether we listen to Jesus, or not.
Whatever it takes, yes, I’ll say it again, whatever it takes to meet with Jesus so that we can listen well to him is our spiritual occupation for the next 40 days.
Where is the mountain? When will you ascend it? What posture will you take to listen well to Jesus? Will you be silent?
Put some thought into those questions today and develop a plan. Then, you’ll put yourself in a position to encounter Jesus.
Glorious Lord Jesus, the entire universe bends and bows to your will. Help me, especially in these next weeks, to listen well to your words so that I may follow your ways in all I say and do; to your honor and glory. Amen.