A voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.’ When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terriﬁed. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Rise, and have no fear.’” (Matthew 17:5-7)
As Easter approaches this year, Jesus has made it clear that we can approach Him, but not because we have enough holiness or greatness in ourselves to deserve His love. We have access to God the Father because of Jesus. We kneel and pray, knowing God hears us, because of Jesus. We worship the Almighty King because of Jesus. Without Jesus, we are way out of our league. That’s the lesson Peter, James, and John learned one evening as Jesus took them to the top of a mountain and allowed them to witness His transﬁguration into Heavenly glory along with the glorified saints, Moses and Elijah. Having seen Jesus in His glory, they wanted to build little tabernacles and stay there to worship. But God the Father showed them very quickly that Peter, James, and John didn’t belong up there among God’s glory and they became terrified. Until, that is, Jesus touched them and that’s the lesson for us. Without the touch of Jesus, we have no place with God and no hope of fellowship with Him.
As of March 1, we have 6 weeks until Easter. We will be, as usual, working hard to invite our entire community to worship with us on Easter Sunday—on top of our usual, busy schedule of activities. And with Spring upon us, all of us have plenty of things planned with our families. Let us not allow our busyness and our familiarity with the calendar around Easter to cause us to miss the great blessing of this season. We have fellowship with the great, glorious God of the universe because of the touch of Jesus. Let us make this season even more fruitful by doing what the Father instructed—listening to Him. Take time every day to read His Word and listen to Him as He speaks.
Pastor Michael Wren