11th February 2018 – Veiled or revealed?

February 8, 2018 Pastor Matt Bishop

At Jesus’ transfiguration we get the one unconstrained picture of his glory prior to the one we will all surely one day see when we meet him face to face (1 Thess 4:16-18; Rev 1:12-16). But… ‘For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then, face to face’  (1 Cor 13:12).  That’s us!  But we are not helped that ‘the god of this world [satan] has blinded the minds of unbelievers’ (2 Cor 4:4 – from our sermon text today).  This means we live in a world saturated with blindness. No wonder things seem so hard… more often than we would care to admit.  So today we look in hope and faith to the reality of the ‘metamorphosed’  (Mark 9:2) face of Jesus, taking to heart the Father’s command to ‘Listen to Him’ (Mark 9:7). For that is the means by which God has ‘… made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.’ (2 Cor 4:6). And by this light God has revealed his salvation to us (Luke 2:32) from which springs our service as Christ’s disciples in the world for now, and life with Christ and the saints in the time to come.