“Spooky Story” Sermon for February 26, 2017





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Published on Feb 27, 2017

Rev. Charles Svendsen
Scripture: Exodus 24:12-18; Matthew 17:1-9

Pastor Charles' Warm Up:
When I was growing up in Sunday School, I thought the story of Jesus going up on the mountain with his disciples and then turning dazzling bright was...well, spooky. This Sunday, February 26th, is Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday. We have two lectionary lessons before us in Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9. The Exodus passage is all about God summoning Moses up to the mountain to receive the Law. Here we see the calling God, the waiting Moses, and the importance of the Law. The Matthew passage is this "spooky story" of Jesus' transfiguration with the inner three disciples: Peter, James and John. Like the baptism of Jesus back in Matthew 3, the divine voice from heaven again said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased." But in the transfiguration story the voice adds, "Listen to him!" We will learn anew that Jesus in the tradition of Moses is our ultimate Lawgiver. And in the tradition of Elijah, Jesus is our Supreme Prophet.
Come and see how these ancient Biblical stories connect with our practical Christian lives today. Traditional worship is 9:30 am, and contemporary worship is 11:15 am.
See you in church!

Charles Svendsen
Interim Pastor

Exodus 24:12-18
The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.’ So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. To the elders he had said, ‘Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.’
Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

Matthew 17:1-9
The Transfiguration
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!’ When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Get up and do not be afraid.’ And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, ‘Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.’

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