Sermon – 02-27-22 – Transfiguration Sunday – Cycle C
Scriptures: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12 – 4:2; Luke 9:38-36
Sermon Title: “Full Circle Or Not”
We thank you, Erin, and Girl Scouts for being with us today. Listen and you will see how you fit into this sermon called “Full Circle Or Not.”
How can this be? Moses from the 1500s BC; Elijah from the 800s BC; and Jesus in 33 AD. All three visible and conversing together on this mountain of Transfiguration. Moses of the Law, Elijah of Prophecy, and the glowing Jesus. Peter, James, and John are witnesses of this foresight of the Kingdom of Heaven. Moses and Elijah are talking with Jesus about the coming “departure” of Jesus in Jerusalem.
The disciples see Jesus in all His glory and splendor, talking with a glorified Moses and Elijah. This is a glimpse of what will occur in Jesus’ kingdom. The disciples are dumbstruck at the sight and fall to the ground.
A full circle. Moses and Elijah prepared the way for this Messiah. And the Messiah is now here, proven by the dazzling white appearance and the voice from the sky saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen, listen to him!” The Father is repeating his words from three years back when John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, preparing Jesus for his ministry on earth.
So full circle here on the mountain. God’s plan is fulfilled. The End. Full Circle
But wait. When Jesus was baptized, the voice from heaven said, “You are my Son, the beloved; with you I am well pleased.” Matthew, Luke, and John record exactly the same words. This is the NRSV of the Bible. Here on the mountain, the Father’s voice is saying more, “Listen to him.”
So this is not the circle completed. There is more. There is more to hear and witness. Jesus is not finished. Jesus is not finished teaching the disciples. Jesus is not finished “molding” the disciples. Jesus is not finished “molding” you and me.
In Jeremiah 18 we find a potter who is not satisfied with his work in shaping a pot. So, he reshapes the pot to make it better. Jeremiah reminds us that God is indeed a skillful potter, and we are the clay. God is sovereign and can use what He creates to both destroy evil and create beauty in us. God can shape us even when we are marred or broken. God is willing to create new and precious pottery from our shattered or imperfect shapes.
Here in the event of the Transfiguration, the Father transforms Jesus into the glorious vision that we can expect to witness in heaven. But we are not left behind. Peter, James, and John are not left behind. There is more for them in the earthly kingdom. There is more for us in the earthly kingdom.
We are being molded each and every day no matter our age. God is shaping us daily. God is shaping our Girl Scout friends each step of the way. No matter who we are, God is shaping us to share the glory of Jesus. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person in this Trinity is helping to shape us. Not only we, individually, but we as two congregations looking toward becoming one. Mold us, dear Jesus.
Since we are alive and not lifeless pieces of pottery, we need to be willing to be molded. We need to stand before the glory of Jesus and in the presence of the Holy Spirit to hear the Father’s voice saying to us, “You are my beloved. I love you, You are fully welcome in our kingdom. I want the best for you. I want to shape you to be more and more like Jesus each day. Are you willing to be re-shaped to the glory that we planned for you?
And in our hearts, may we be saying, “Yes, Lord, mold me and make me after Thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and still.”