The Only One Left Standing

Sometimes we need the process of elimination. Complex decisions require us to lay out all possibilities. We then work to eliminate those that after a second look are really not possible. Once we conclude our analysis we can select the option left – the last one standing if you will.

If you could imagine living among a group of people always having an eye to the emergence of Messiah, then you could likely get the feel of Israel in Jesus’ day. Jesus, for many, was just another in a long line of “would be Messiahs.” So, when he grew in popularity it was no surprise everyone would be talking – and making comparisons.

Jesus brought this common experience to the surface when he asked the disciples about how the public perceived him. They rattled off some common expectations – John the Baptist and Elijah. Peter gives the Messianic answer – You are the Christ. What followed was an explanation that was anything but Messianic. Death. Resurrection. How did these themes and hopes fit Jesus.

Our text for this week presents us with a way of seeing. What we refer to as the “Transfiguration” could well be a way of visually helping three disciples get their minds around the uniqueness of Jesus. After all, he was the only One left standing.

We may have some work to do when it comes to seeing Jesus as God intends. After all that is precisely the sort of work the disciples found themselves doing on into the Acts of the Apostles. When compared to other ways of understanding how the world works, how do you see Jesus?

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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