Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Jesus Only

Mark 9:2-8 (ESV)
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, [3] and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. [4] And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. [5] And Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." [6] For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. [7] And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is my beloved Son; listen to him." [8] And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.

“And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.” One who has read the Hammer of God is instantly brought back to the great Schartau sermon the pastor reads because he has nothing prepared. Jesus only.
Would that those times lasted. Those times, when all we see is Jesus. He is the only person we need to see. When we are looking at him, we aren’t looking at ourselves, you aren’t looking at the law. Moses and Elijah were just there, the Law and the prophets. They are gone now. Now, in these last days, God has spoken to us by His Son. Moses is gone. Elijah has served his purpose, and the fulfillment is Jesus. Jesus only. Now the scriptures, even the Old Testament serve to do nothing but focus us on Jesus.
Too often we let the world take our eyes off of him. Too often our old Adam gets in the way. But what do I do now? The Old man cries in his dying breath. The new man looks to Jesus and realizes there is nothing left to do. It’s been done. When God dies on the cross for your sins, when he rises from the dead, who else is there to look to? What else is there to do? He has been lifted up like the serpent in the desert, our salvation, though bitten by the serpent, though poisoned with the venom of sin, we look to him and him alone, and looking on Jesus only, are cured from death. We ask with Peter, Lord to whom shall we go, You have the words of eternal life.
P.S. Yesterday, I had an experience that was almost word for word out of the first Novella of the Hammer of God, and yeah, still rejoicing with the angels in heaven. What a beautiful treatise in pastoral theology. You might could rejoice too, the angels are.

1 comment:

Steve Martin said...

Great post, Bror.