Sunday, 18 April 2010 00:00

The Power of Christ to Transform: This Is My Beloved Son, Hear Him!

Mark 5:1-20 (NASB)

Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!" When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, "Get up, and do not be afraid." And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.

Everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus Christ—He is the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. On Passover Jesus died for our sins as "the Passover Lamb." During the Feast of Unleavened Bread Jesus "swept away our sins." On the Feast of Firstfruits day Jesus rose from the grave, the guarantee of our own resurrection. On Pentecost God gave the Holy Spirit and life from within. The Feast of Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles also all point to Jesus Christ.

  1. When Christ "fulfilled" the law for us He became our new Lawgiver.
    Peter sees Moses, Elijah and Jesus talking on the Mount of Transfiguration and blurts out: "Teacher, it is good that we all are here. Let us make three tents: One for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (v.4). Suddenly, a cloud descended and a Voice spoke to the disciples, "This is my beloved Son; listen to Him!" When the cloud disappeared there was nobody but Jesus. Moses and Elijah were off the scene. Jesus is the Supreme Lawgiver. The original two words that for the last sentence in God's instructions to the disciples are akovete autovHear Him! Christ's voice is the voice to which we listen. He supersedes the Old Covenant law of Moses and the Old Covenant sayings of the prophets. Hear Him!

  2. The command to hear Christ is as important today as it was then.
    Unlike the disciples that walked with Christ on earth, we can't see Christ visibly or hear Him audibly. We can't physically walk with Him, personally and audibly talk with Him, privately eat with Him, or publicly minister with Him—so how in the world do we "hear Him" since He's gone? Answer: We listen to the Apostles who followd Him, and the Holy Spirit in us. Right before He left the disciples He said something astonishing. "It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you... When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you" (John 16:7-8, 13).
  3. Listening should precede doing; hearing should precede telling.
    Have you noticed that we Christians spend more time telling God than listening to Him?
    1. Read the New Testament with first person eyes.
      Read the words of Christ and see yourself as the one to whom He is is speaking; for He is.
    2. Spend time in meditation and thought as you ask the Spirit to speak to you.
      Meditation is a lost art within Christianity, but it was a practice of our Lord Himself. Jesus would often meditate alone and Paul tells Timothy to meditate (I Timothy 4:15).
    3. The Spirit will never lead you to contradict the written word of the Apostles.
      Listening to Christ—akovete autov—is one of the major differences He makes in us.

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