35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” – Luke 9:35
“Daaaaaadd…. (Fill in brothers name) is not listening.” As you read the sentence it probably didn’t take a great deal of imagination to hear it in the tattling tone with which it echoed up our basement stairs. Tattling in our home can be essentially defined as the rare yet “enjoyable” act of reporting a sibling’s disobedience or wrong doing. In nearly every instance it includes the report of a “dearly loved” brother who stumbled in judgement and chose not to “listen” to his mother or father. While this is not a pastors note about tattling, the line, “so and so is not listening” does give us a picture of what it means to truly listen. We all know that listening in this instance is more than a matter of hearing. It’s clearly a matter of obedience.
A voice that is to be “listened to” is one with authority. So when God the Father says of Jesus, “This is my son, my chosen one; listen to him” we can be sure that it is a clear and resounding pronouncement of Jesus’ power and authority. Does that sound familiar? I hope it does. In week one of our series we learned how Jesus sent out the disciples with power and authority to preach the gospel. Now this week we will see how the goal of gospel proclamation is to point people to the reality of Jesus’ glorious authority and power. Our text (Luke 9:28-43) is an amazing passage that describes Jesus’ transfiguration. In it we’ll see how Jesus’ Glory captivates and compels us to live “SENT” and how Jesus’ Glory is both the motivation and the goal of evangelism.
Friends, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve had the privilege of writing a pastors note in preparation of preaching. Wow, how I’ve missed this privilege. I can’t wait to dig into God’s Word that we might learn and “Listen” to his voice. Here is the worship set to help you prepare your heart.
Love you Church.
Sent with you,
Jerry LingenfelterSenior Pastor
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