And so, while we look for God’s glory in Christ’s person and work (as Luther put it, in the cradle and on the cross), we also know that one day we will see the kingdom come in power. That will be the day when God raises the dead, judges the world and recreates heaven and earth. Therefore, Jesus’ transfiguration is a sign of Christ’s messianic glory, more importantly, it is the sign that God graciously veils his glory so that he can save his people from their sins. Yes, Jesus’ exaltation is sure to come.
The transfiguration is the proof to Peter, James and John, that God will fulfill his promises to his people. And so let us not forget that the revelation of Christ’s messianic glory comes only because Jesus was willing to humble himself and set aside his glory and remain obedient to the father’s will–obedient all the way to the cross.
And because he was obedient unto death, Jesus was raised King of kings and Lord of Lords. And one day, we will see his glory, and we will need not fear. Because for all those who are Christ, this will be the day of resurrection. Amen!
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We see the glorious truth of the resurrection of Jesus in today’s reading from Matthew 28:1-10. John Piper exults in our living Savior in a sermon, “Worship the Risen Christ”
The great tragedy of the human race is that we were made to find infinite joy by admiring God, but have become so blind and so foolish that we spend energy and time and money seeking out things in the world to satisfy our insatiable craving to admire greatness and beauty. The irony of our human condition (and nobody here is an exception) is that God put us within sight of the Himalayas, and we have chosen to pull down the blinds of our chalet and show slides of Buck Hill. But every single person here knows that it hasn’t worked. Our posters and post cards and rock stars and scenic tours and glossy books have never satisfied the deepest longings of our heart. They give some pleasure, and make the drudgery of life a little more livable. But they can never compare to the times when you walk to the window, raise the blinds, throw open the shutters, and see the Himalayan glory of the risen Christ.
If your life is flat, empty, without exhilaration, without significance, without a single and fulfilling orientation, it is because you do not see the risen Christ for who he really is. Some of you see him scarcely at all, perhaps. Others have such a pitifully small and sentimental picture of him on the wall of your mind that you are starving for the real thing. So what I want to do today is take you to the window of God’s Word and point to Christ. For if we could keep in view the risen Christ as he really is, our bottomless appetite for beauty and greatness and wonder would find satisfaction, and our lives would be unending worship and joyful obedience.
The last chapter of Matthew is a window that opens onto the sunrise glory of the risen Christ. Through it you can see at least three massive peaks in the mountain range of Christ’s character: the peak of his power; the peak of his kindness; and the peak of his purposefulness. And we all know in our hearts that if the risen Christ is going to satisfy our desire to admire greatness, that is the way he has to be. People who are too weak to accomplish their purposes can’t satisfy our desire to admire greatness. We admire people even less who have no purpose in life. And still less those whose purposes are merely selfish and unkind. What we long to see and know is a Person whose power is unlimited, whose kindness is tender, and whose purpose is single and unflinching. Novelists and poets and movie-makers and TV writers now and then create a shadow of this Person. But they can no more fill our longing to worship than this month’s National Geographic can satisfy my longing for the Chattooga River. We must have the real thing. We must see the Original of all power and kindness and purposefulness. We must see and worship the risen Christ.
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“See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” Luke 24:39
His hands and feet are pierced. He has flesh and bones. He has a real physical body. He then eats fish.
This is no ghost. This is not simply a bodiless spirit. This is the risen body of Jesus Himself. He is changed. But He is physical.
So Cleopas and the disciples get the evidence they want: They see Jesus! He is risen indeed! They believe the resurrection.
They now have four pieces of evidence:
- The storyline of Scripture
- The specific statements of Jesus predicting His death and resurreciton
- The empty tomb
- Seeing Jesus Himself
The last is the clincher. In their moment of despair, Jesus appears. He eats with them. They believe.
What about us? We don’t see Jesus with our eyes. Our situation is like that of Cleopas before He recognizes Jesus. We have these pieces of evidence:
- The storyline of Scripture
- The specific promises of Scripture that apply to our particular situation
- Evidence in the world around us of God’s hand at work
And we wait for Jesus to come again physically, suddenly, and bodily, with power and great glory. That may happen soon. At that moment, we will see the risen Lord with our eyes.