sábado, 1 de diciembre de 2012

The Transfiguration of Jesus

Lerma, Sunday, December 2, 2012
The Transfiguration of JesusPeter said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said ... And a voice came from the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, hear him. And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone (Luke 9: 28-36, 33, 35 and 36)."28 pass about eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James and went up the mountain to pray. 29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment white and glistening. 30 And behold, two men talked with him, who were Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 And it came to parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. 34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered the cloud. 35 And there came a voice from the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone and they were silent, and in those days told no one what they had seen. "
The Transfiguration as shape change.1. Remove the veil.2. Revelation of God.3. Revelation of Christ.4. Revelation of the mystery of man.
PRAYER TO VIEW DRIVE.1. God breaks into the world of men.2. Transformed from glory to glory.
PEDRO's selfishness.A word is worth a thousand pictures.
CONTENTWhat passage so unique and mysterious! The Transfiguration of Jesus is one of the most extraordinary events of the Bible for their important theological implications. Above all it is a supernatural vision shared by three disciples of Jesus.Facing it is logical to ask: how would this event? What really should have happened there on that mountain? And in any case, what has such implications or lessons for the human vision of the current global village?
The Transfiguration as shape change.
The Transfiguration of Jesus is concerned primarily with the view and the image. "Transfiguration" means "change of form or figure." These two figures actually represent the Old Testament itself: Moses represents the Law and the Prophets Elijah. And Christ is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17) "Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.""Metamorphosis of Christ." Numerous scholars attempted sacred text reveal how such an experience would have affected the three closest disciples of the Master. However, what is most evident is that the transfiguration scene provides a triple revelation. They also represent the living and the dead, for Moses died and knows his burial place, while Elijah was taken to heaven alive to appear again to announce the time of God's salvation in Christ.
Then Jesus appeared together on the Mount of Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah confirm that the Messiah-Saviour is here, and that He is the Son of God whom the Father himself testifies, the Lord of Creation, the Old Testament and New, of the living and the dead.
The Transfiguration of Christ itself is the fulfillment of all the manifestations of God perfected and completed a consummation in the person of Jesus Christ.
The Transfiguration of Christ reveals our own destiny as Christians, the ultimate fate of all human beings and all creation, the radical transformation of the self and its glorification by the majestic splendor of God.
Unveil"Revelation" literally means "unveiling" is to take away the veil to reveal that which may be hidden and that at first glance is not understood. Hence, understanding the biblical revelation is what many people do not see and when the veil is still on. (2 Corinthians 3:14-16) "14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day, when they read the old covenant, remaineth the same veil, which is removed by Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. "
REVELATION OF GODTransfiguration is the revelation of a faithful God who keeps his promises throughout history, a God who has made a covenant with man and to be trusted, although remain hidden for many, but it is revealed his small remnant, and that allows us to hear his voice even from the cloud of his presence.
Revelation of ChristTransfiguration is also the revelation of the divinity of Jesus Christ. He was not only man but also God, the Son of God made person. This Christ transfigured, a few days later, he was disfigured by sin of humanity itself at Calvary. From the glory of God, Christ went to the Passion, namely, weak, suffering, humiliation. Therefore the Father say, "This is my beloved Son: hear him."
DISCLOSURE OF MYSTERY MANTransfiguration is the revelation of the mystery of man. What is man? The human being is a pilgrim here below, on Earth. Walker is not going to live forever in this world, not rooted like trees in the ground, to be always seated on the contrary, man is temporal, are passing through this life and that is precisely what comes to say also the transfiguration: the human being is a pilgrim who can become a citizen of the afterlife.
As Christians, we live in the fragility of the body, waiting for our own glorious body transfiguration. This is precisely what we represent here the disciples of Jesus: the man himself: Peter, James and John very sleepy, but staying awake. Sometimes we travel through life this way, sleepy, almost without realizing what is happening to us. But the Lord wants us to be awake, with eyes open, watching what the essence of our life, which is fundamental to our existence, which is the sense that God wants for us: staying awake.
PRAYER TO VIEW DRIVE."It happened about eight days after these words ..." (Lc.9: 28). What words are they? The announcement of the death of Jesus. Notice verse (Lc.9: 22), the teacher had said: "It is necessary that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests., And scribes, and be killed and the third day rise. " And Jesus says, "But I tell you in truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God" (Lc.9: 27). When they saw the kingdom of God those who were there? What does this text? Precisely Christ is referring to the transfiguration. Those "some" were Peter, John and James, who at the scene of the Transfiguration (saw the glory of Jesus) is, the kingdom of God, as the verse says (Lc.9: 32). "Jesus took these three men and went with them to the mountain to pray." The text says (Lc.9: 29) "and in the meantime he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered and his raiment white and glistening."
Luke is the only evangelist who does not pronounce the word "transfiguration". This has a very specific reason. Lucas was aware of the mindset that Christians pose coming from the pagan world. These have yet worldly thoughts in his mind, despite having converted to Christianity, many concepts of the ancient religions. In religions such legends abound about men who are transfigured into gods or demigods became. These ideas were common in religions, hence Lucas wished to make it clear that what happened to Christ on that mountain was not a myth like those other doctrines than the doctrine of Christ, but a reality historical.
God breaks into the world of menThe world of God passed like lightning shooting the world of men. Such an event occurs in the Gospel, on four separate occasions: at the Transfiguration of Jesus, at the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary, in the baptism of Christ after the resurrection, when the Master appeared to the disciples and ate with them . Not only opens the history of salvation, but time is concentrated and past figures appear as Elijah and Moses. Shown divine history of time, but also space. The miracle is not only in the splendor of God, because God is God is not a big surprise. The miracle is precisely that God is man, chosen incarnate in a human being and a humiliating death by martyrdom like a common criminal. Now that's miracle: the humiliation of Jesus. The fact that God created all the galaxies in the universe, comes to Earth because he loves the man, knows his weakness and want to rescue him from that situation, yes is the greatest miracle of the cosmos.
Changed from glory to GlorySometimes God's world opens to humans. Is not that what happens when you pray with all your heart? The apostle Paul, writing to the Corinthians he says: "But we all, with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed from glory to glory in the same image, as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Co. 3:18). When we become Christians we are configured according to the image of Christ, we are united to Him by faith, we move to greater perfection aided by the Holy Spirit, but above all through prayer.
The reason that Jesus went up the mountain was, above all, to pray. His transfiguration occurs while praying, as he prayed. And this leads us to ask:1) What is our Mount particular?2) Is there a place in my life intimate transfiguration, where I can pray and grow as a person, as a Christian, where I ask the Lord for forgiveness for my mistake, for my sin and my wickedness?3) Or maybe this place does not exist, or it is a desert landscape where I never want to stay too long?4) Is there in me about my life a spiritual place, a mound of prayer where I glimpse the image of Christ and his words resonate loudly in my ears?5) Or did I neglect my prayer life?
Against all that is said, prayer is not flight or escape from this world, but transfiguration of reality. Because when we pray for truth, we have no choice but to change our world. As you pray, change my reality and recovery forces to overcome the difficulties that the Lord allows in my life, to pray, rest in Christ and learn to forgive, to pray, I'm being as repentant prodigal son coming home to the Father.
The men and women of prayer are people who go beyond material things and even are able to change their appearance, because they discover the positive side of every event.
Who knows how to pray and realizes that, basically, everything, absolutely everything, helps fine. Sincere prayer can make prayer captures a sense of eternity, that is, the presence of God in ordinary things, we appreciate as positive or negative, every day. The prayer of faith breaks the bars of the prison strong disbelief and doubt that we incarcerate too often, because it eliminates the frustration and loneliness. Prayer is a whirlwind into eternity, as a gateway to the stars, and that brings us to the other side of the reality of the third heaven.
Hence, when the devil steals prayer, lost the habit of praying and meditating alone, away with reality so grim and pessimistic tones full of reasonings of men.But who prays can say with Peter: Master, it is good for us to be here. It is truly beautiful escape reality but camping in daily life, ie in our individual responsibilities.It is talking to God but without forgetting our place on Earth. Act as parents, children, brothers, workers, employers, etc.., Knowing that the Lord sees us and hears us. Talking to God, but without losing sight of the reality of every day, as they are not incompatible worlds but intimately linked. It is impossible to access the things of the Lord without experiencing both the human. You can not truly love God if, in the depths of the soul, no hatred toward his brother. This is the same thing, there is no possibility of one without the other.
The text says: "And behold, two men talked with him, who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he should accomplish at Jerusalem" (Lc.9 :30-31) . As we know, Moses and Elijah were two great characters of the Old Testament, whose return to Earth was an expectation of the Jewish people. All Jews were convinced that such figures would return back to the world of men. However, in the event of transfiguration come but not to stay among mortals, but simply to indicate that we should not wait for them to them. His mission was only to point the way to men. Who really was Jesus stood.
Indeed, Moses prefigured the death of Christ through the celebration of Easter and animal sacrifices, as well as Elijah had anticipated the power of the resurrection of the Lord, to resurrect the son of the Shunammite. Therefore, the presence of these two historical characters was timely. However, they vanished after pointing to Christ who would be really the ultimate winner of death.
The selfishness of PEDROHowever, once again makes its appearance also the awkwardness of man: "And as they departed from him, Peter said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said "(Lc.9: 33). Shelters were shacks or huts made of branches plant where shepherds used to spend the nights. Also performed such constructions, improvised during the harvest festival.
Peter, James and John, with the possibility of building three tabernacles, think of how good it was spent during these festivities. The truth is that they grasped the meaning of that vision. Stopping on Earth to the inhabitants of heaven, and will do so by offering huts made of branches! Today many creatures try to make the same with the divine: enclose God in temples, churches, chapels, crosses, amulets or products supposedly miraculous, as if the divine, could withdraw into the material!
Jesus speaks of dying in Jerusalem, but they only think about enjoying the glory dazzling, intend to stop, set, camping at the very place that should be a starting point for the task that awaits them, want a final resting place to avoid the risk of the cross, but want the light without going through the darkness of Calvary, so the gospel indicates that Peter did not know what he said.
Sometimes, believers also behave like Peter, as we like to settle down and settle into the group, forgetting to be disciples of Christ means to live as pilgrims. Being a Christian is like being suspended between heaven and earth. We can never "count the stars" without first facing the darkness of night.
"While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered the cloud. And a voice came from the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. " (Lc.9 :34-35). In the biblical scenery, clouds are almost always a symbol of the presence and glory of God. The divine voice proclaims the identity of the Son and the need to hear his words means you can dispense with Moses and Elijah, just to have life in Jesus Christ, and that Christ alone is the chosen one who will die for us on the Calvary.
A word is worth a thousand picturesIn these verses we have the impression that Peter and the other apostles more respect because the voice that vision. Seeing the transfiguration of Christ, immediately try to mobilize to build three tabernacles, however, the voice from the cloud will produce fear. It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but here is rather the opposite: a word worth a thousand pictures. It is as if the apostles remain more surprised by the word of God for the image of the transfiguration.
The "view" is subject to "listen". What a great lesson for us today! Fever visions, apparitions or private revelations never replace Scripture. Also Jesus said (John 20:29) "Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed." Today there are visions, but listening and meditating on the Word of God that we walk yearning exceeds mirages or appearances, but the voice from the cloud of Scripture. The only vision spoiled here on Earth is what is bound to listen, and if we close our ears, we will never see anything.
Why are there so many problems in the church today? Is it because you do not hear the true voice of the cloud? By contrast, only wish visions, images, superficialities or appearances.
"And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone and they were silent, and in those days told no one what they had seen" (Lc.9: 36). The loneliness of Jesus tells us that the law no longer the schoolmaster who looked after us, and from now on, the Church should concentrate on the message of Jesus Christ and the evangelization of the world. (Gal 3:23-29) "23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster, 26 are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. "
Concluding, the Transfiguration of JesusTells us three key things:
1. God is faithful,2. that Jesus is the Christ and3. that man can become God's child.
1) How is our "mountain of the Transfiguration," that is, our relationship with God?2) Do we transform ourselves from time to time or maybe try to settle into the comfort of our bower, as Peter wanted?3) Are we aware of our spiritual journey?4) Do we give more importance to see that listening?
The word of God is clear and sharp as a two-edged sword.
JEHOVAH GOD WANTS TO KNOW CORRECTOur ways and to straighten our steps,Have sufficient wisdom from GODHOW TO FOLLOW THE LORD ALWAYS ONLY JESUS!

Lerma preaches by:Victor R. Pr Preciado Balderramasanadoctrinavictor@gmail.com

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