This week, we continue in the transition chapter of Luke’s Gospel, chapter 9. Jesus continues to reveal who He really is to his apostles. In this chapter, the Lord reveals Himself in glory on the Mount of Transfiguration. And we find the glory of Jesus in our calling, the glory of Jesus in prayer, the glory of Jesus in His mission of redemption. And we are challenged to hear the Lord, so that we don’t miss His call for our lives. And it is the revelation of His glory that strengthens us, and gives us hope! Consider the glory of Jesus as we consider the Transfiguration.
To help you with your study of this topic, we are also including the study questions prepared each week for our congregation. May the Lord use them, and the sermon, to be a blessing to you. You will find them, as well as a short prayer, directly below the audio link.
The Witness of Glory
Series: Luke – A Prescription for Doubtful Souls
Pastor James McDonald
- What is significant of Jesus only taking Peter, James and John with Him to pray?
- Again, consider the prayer life of Jesus. In what ways has His example encouraged you in your prayer life?
- How is Jesus’ prayer related to his transfiguration? How is this related to His earthy ministry and His resurrection and ascension?
- Contrast the illumination of Moses’ face (Ex 34) with the illumination of Jesus’ being? What was the source of the brilliance in each case?
- What is significant of the meeting with Elijah and Moses? What do these men represent? How does Jesus represent the same thing?
- What can we learn about life after death from this encounter?
- What was the topic of the discussion between Jesus, Elijah, and Moses? Why was this important to all parties, as well as the disciples?
- What does the Greek form of the word departure mean? Why is this significant?
- What did Peter miss whist sleeping? How is this reflected in his misconstrued idea?
- Who spoke from the cloud? To whom did He speak? What challenge did He give?
- What should be your focus as you seek to carry out the mission Jesus has given you?
- What distracts you from hearing Jesus?
Glorious and mighty God, You who should be worshipped at all times and through all our ways, we confess that we have offered You praise with our lips, but we have not always glorified You with our lives. The reality of the glory of Your Son has become dim in our eyes, as we have become distracted by the allures of the world and the temptations of our own hearts. And yet, we confess that our only hope is in You. Open our eyes that we might see Jesus. Open our ears that we might hear His voice. May the Spirit awaken us to what is truly real, what is truly important, and that is Your Kingdom. Renew our faith to live for You, to be used of You, and to be blessed by You as we see the Kingdom expand in glory. In Jesus’ name, amen!