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Friday, February 20, 2009

How has the change effected you?

Chicago now stands at the center of the world for one reason or another. Maybe it's political scandals, or the Olympics, I choose to believe that it's our new President and the era of change that has become part of Americas recent motto. The word CHANGE has never been used so much, everything now is about change and everyone is speaking of change.

Well good, because sometimes change is needed, and never more than now! This Sunday in the Christian calender is Transfiguration Sunday. The day when Jesus was reveled and transformed into the person God had called him to be. Let's look to the text.

Mark 9:2-9

2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ 6He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ 8Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Jesus, right before the very eyes was changed in front of the disciples inner crew. I suspect that they were not ready for the change, and that it caught them off guard. I often wonder how they handled that change collectively. Here we see good ole' Peter was ready to build an altar on the spot. He was excited about the change before he even really knew what it meant. I imagine that the other two were so shocked they could not respond and it took them some time to digest all that was going on. How do you respond to change? What's changed about you and your situation recently? How are you handling all that is changing in our world? More importantly how have you allowed God to change you and your life?
Take some time out to reflect on change, and how God is moving in you life, your church, your community, and your city?

Until Next week Be Well....
Pastor J

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