Lent: Listen To Jesus
As we continue to rehearse Jesus’ life during the season of Lent, Mark includes a strange and glorious scene:
Mark 9:2–8 “And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, ‘This is my beloved Son; listen to him.’ And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.”
This is one of the key moments in the ministry of Jesus. This is a moment where the God-Man was revealed to be, in fact, gloriously God. The vast majority of his life it was obvious that he was indeed a man, but during this moment on the mountain Peter, James, and John witnessed Jesus in a moment of his glory—a moment of God revealing his glory, flexing his God-ness, showing how incredibly he had humbled himself to be our servant in human flesh, showing that he shines as the creator God.
In the midst of this revealing, God the Father says of Jesus, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”
Few reject that Jesus existed. That he was a man who walked and talked and taught some benign teachings. But the astounding reality is that Jesus is the Son of God, a member of the Trinity, who humbled himself to be a servant to humanity—loving, serving, feeding, teaching, and proclaiming the kingdom of God, and, ultimately, sealing the victory of the kingdom of God by his death and resurrection.
Because he is the Son of God, God himself has told us to listen to him. When he teaches, you ought to listen. When he proclaims that the Kingdom of God has arrived with him, you ought to listen. When he foretells that he will die and rise again, you ought to listen. And when he commands his followers to go into all the world proclaiming the Gospel—the good news of his work—and making disciples, you ought to listen.
When Jesus talks we do not hear another simply human teacher whose opinion can sit aside all other teachers, thinkers, or leaders of all time. But instead we hear the Son of God, humbly serving, speaking truth—ultimate, reality-changing truth. Listen to him.
What words of Jesus have you neglected or ignored? Confess areas where you have deafened yourself to Jesus’ voice. Repent and ponder that Jesus is God and let that influence the way you listen to what he says.
On Thursday, April 18, the Church celebrates “Maundy Thursday,” the day prior to Jesus’ death on which he celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples and was betrayed by Judas. You are encouraged to somberly conclude your evening by celebrating the Lord’s Supper in your home with your family. Stay tuned for further instructions and resources.
On Friday, April 19, you are invited to join us for dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the basement at the West Linn Campus. The Good Friday service will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary, and we will reflect upon Jesus’ death and all it accomplished as we sing, pray, retell the story, and celebrate the Lord’s Supper together.
On Saturday, April 20, the Church celebrates “Holy Saturday,” somberly remembering the day that Jesus spent in the tomb, while He—by his death—was breaking the power of sin, Satan, and demons. Consider spending the day, or part of the day, fasting or in silence, lamenting Jesus’ death and the sealed tomb and growing in expectation of Jesus’ resurrection.
Our season of Lent will conclude on the morning of April 21, as we break fast and celebrate Jesus’ resurrection together. You are invited to join us at one of our Easter Gatherings (9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at the West Linn campus; 10 a.m. at the Wilsonville campus.) Invitations are available in the church lobby to help you invite a friend.