Scripture encouragement: Matthew 17:5
“…behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.’”
The very depth of my soul desires to know God as Jesus revealed Him during His earthly ministry. Just like today, when Jesus walked among us and taught throughout Judea, there were conflicting ideas and assumptions about God and His kingdom, the God Jesus called “My Father.” I feel a call to look more closely at what Jesus taught His followers, given to us in the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
We look to God to begin. In Matthew 17, we join Jesus, Peter, James and John on the mountain of the Transfiguration. While there, Jesus talks with Moses and Elijah. Peter, James and John are witnesses. In verse 5, God gives His highest affirmation for Jesus; “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Then He instructs Peter, James and John—and us—directly. He says, “Listen to Him.” And so begins a walk through the gospels, listening for what Jesus says, just as His first followers did. Since we are not able to sit with Him as they did, thanks be to God His words are in our bibles!
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Image: original color pencil drawing by Robin Lybeck: Listen to Him