Sermon Transcript – A Taste of Future Glory

Series C – Transfiguration Sunday – Sunday, February 7, 2016 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:30the holy Gospel According to Saint Luke
0:32chapter 9 verses 28-36
0:35now about eight days after these sayings
0:38he took with him Peter and John and
0:41James and they went up on the mountain
0:43to pray and as he was praying the
0:45appearance of his face was altered his
0:47clothing became dazzling white and
0:50behold two men were talking with him
0:52Moses Elijah who appeared in glory and
0:55spoke of his departure which he was
0:57about to accomplish at Jerusalem now
1:00Peter and those who were with him were
1:02heavy with sleep but when they became
1:04fully awake they saw his glory and the
1:07two men who stood with him and as the
1:09men were parting from him Peter said to
1:11Jesus Master it is good that we are here
1:13let us make three tents one for you one
1:16for Moses one for Elijah not knowing
1:19what he said
1:21as he was saying these things a cloud
1:23came and overshadowed them and they were
1:26afraid as they entered the cloud and a
1:28voice came out of the cloud saying this
1:30is my son My Chosen One listen to him
1:33and when the voice had spoken Jesus was
1:37found alone and they kept silent and
1:39told no one in those days anything of
1:42what they had seen in the name of Jesus
1:45all right you’ll notice in Our Gospel
1:47text Our Gospel text begins with these
1:50words now about eight days after these
1:52sayings he took with him Peter and John
1:55and James and went up on the mountain to
1:58of course that begs the question which
2:00sayings after which sayings and I think
2:02let’s back up just a little bit to verse
2:0523 and let’s pick up that context
2:08because I think the context is vital so
2:10Luke chapter 9 verse 23 and he Jesus
2:14said to all if anyone would come after
2:17me let them deny himself take up his
2:20cross daily
2:22and follow me
2:24yeah Christianity is not for the faint
2:27heart if you’re looking to have your
2:29best life now I think you’re missing the
2:30whole point Jesus is all about denying
2:33yourself taking up crosses crosses kill
2:36people by the way so keep that in mind
2:38whoever would save his life is going to
2:41lose it whoever loses his life for my
2:43sake will save it what does the prophet
2:46a man if he gains the whole world and
2:48loses and forfeits himself
2:52well let’s answer the question doesn’t
2:54really profit him anything does it
2:56you could be the wealthiest billionaire
2:58you could be the most powerful
3:00politician who builds an Empire and
3:02conquers and seizes the whole world
3:05and at the end of the day you’re still
3:06going to stand before Christ none of
3:08this you get to keep anyway we’re
3:09passing through right
3:12so whoever is ashamed of me and of my
3:15words of him will the son of man be
3:18shamed when he comes in his glory and
3:20the glory of the father and the Holy
3:22Angels but I tell you truly there are
3:24some standing here who will not taste
3:27death until they see the kingdom of God
3:30real quick I don’t know if you’ve had
3:32any conversations with atheists atheists
3:34like to talk to me apparently I have
3:37conversations from time to time with
3:38them and usually you’ll get a
3:40conversation like this the Bible can’t
3:42be true because it says right here that
3:45they will not taste death until they see
3:46the kingdom of God so that means that
3:49the disciples were expecting Jesus to
3:51return in their lifetimes and since
3:53Jesus didn’t return while they were all
3:55still alive well in Jesus lied to him
3:56then they’re not he’s not really God
4:00and you just say well let’s take a look
4:02at the next verse you see what’s going
4:04on here is not some promise that Jesus
4:07is going to return in the lifetime of
4:09the Apostles if you run across anybody
4:10who thinks this way just have them read
4:13the next verse because this is the
4:15context not taste death until they see
4:17the kingdom of God well they see the
4:20kingdom of God right here next verse
4:22when they go up to the Mount and Jesus
4:25is transfigured before them that’s what
4:27that’s referring to so now we get into
4:29our text proper so about eight days
4:31after these Saints Jesus Took with him
4:36in John and James and went up on a
4:39mountain to pray and as he was praying
4:41the appearance of his face was altered
4:42and his clothing became dazzling white
4:44and behold two men were talking with him
4:47Moses and Elijah who appeared in glory
4:50and spoke of his departure let’s unpack
4:53a little bit of this now
4:55the fact that we have eight days not a
5:00right in scripture oftentimes numbers
5:03have meanings now people like to assign
5:06crazy meanings to things but let’s take
5:08a look at kind of a sober meaning of
5:10what’s going on here when we talk about
5:12eight days this is super significant
5:14eight days how many days did it take for
5:17God to speak the universe into existence
5:20six Six Days on the seventh day he did
5:22what he rested right so here you have a
5:26full week now it’s significant to note
5:28that Jesus is crucified on a Friday
5:34and he has a Sabbath rest the seventh
5:36day in the Tomb on a Saturday right and
5:40Jesus is raised again from the grave on
5:43the Eighth Day the beginning of a new
5:46week the beginning of a new creation and
5:48so sometimes in scripture when you see
5:51eight days it’s signaling something
5:54something important is happening and
5:56it’s relating to the new creation and
5:58you get a glimpse of what’s coming
6:01and also you’ll notice that they went up
6:03on a mountain to pray
6:05big things have happened on mountains in
6:08scripture you think of Moses climbing
6:11the mountain it’s Mount Sinai and he
6:14received from the Lord The Ten
6:15Commandments Jesus is going up the
6:17mountain you think of Abraham climbing
6:19Mount Moriah to sacrifice Isaac and the
6:23Lord intervenes and provides the RAM for
6:25the sacrifice important things happen on
6:27mountains something important is taking
6:29place here and so pay attention so as he
6:33was praying the appearance of his face
6:34was altered his clothing became dazzling
6:36white behold two men were talking with
6:38him Moses and Elijah who appeared in
6:41glory and spoke of his now the ESV there
6:44says departure
6:46and just about every translation is
6:48going to say something close to that but
6:50if you read Greek you read through this
6:52and you go whoa that word’s important
6:55the reason I say that is because stuck
6:58in the middle of this Greek manuscript
7:00is a Hebrew word
7:02here’s the word are you ready they
7:04didn’t speak speak about his departure
7:07they spoke about his
7:12is Exodus
7:13that is significant because here in the
7:16middle of this Greek manuscript is a
7:18Hebrew borrowed word
7:20that has major significance we’re
7:23talking now about knowing what’s going
7:26on in The Exodus itself The Exodus
7:28points to what Jesus was doing and Jesus
7:31is about to do his Exodus for you in
7:34other words pay attention Jesus the
7:36Passover Lamb is to go to Jerusalem and
7:40be slain
7:41so that the Destroyer would pass over
7:44you who you who are covered in his blood
7:48right he’s going to Jerusalem to do his
7:51Exodus and so there’s Moses and Elijah
7:53talking with him and Moses and Elijah in
7:55this sense you can think of it this way
7:56all of the Old Testament is represented
8:00by Moses and the prophets
8:02right it’s the prophets who are the ones
8:05who put the histories together and it’s
8:07the prophets who are the ones who
8:08receive the direct Revelation for all
8:10the prophecies that we have in the Old
8:12Testament so Moses and the prophets
8:14perfect representatives of all of the
8:16Old Testament and now they’ve done their
8:19Duty Moses pointing us to Christ
8:23the prophets all pointing us to Christ
8:25represented by Moses and the prophet in
8:27Elijah himself
8:29and now they’ve done their Duty they’re
8:31going to talk to Jesus about his Exodus
8:33he’s heading to Jerusalem to die and
8:36bleed for the sins of the world
8:39and then Peter chimes in
8:42poor Peter this this he’s the only
8:45Seminary Student that I have ever
8:47witnessed who failed every single test
8:50in seminary and became the greatest it’s
8:53amazing and here Peter just botches it
8:56again so Peter and those who were with
8:58him were heavy with sleep
9:01what is it with these guys right you
9:04think of Jesus on the night he’s
9:06betrayed what were they doing then
9:08sleeping what is with you guys you are
9:11not setting a good moral example for us
9:13to follow here so they’re up there the
9:16most significant events in all of
9:18recorded spiritual history is taking
9:21place I know charismatics who would sell
9:23their mothers Into Slavery to have seen
9:25the glory of Jesus right and they’re
9:31hmm is this boring you what’s wrong with
9:34these people right
9:36so he finally wakes up and decides he’s
9:40got to do something right so he saw
9:42Jesus’s glory and the two men who stood
9:44with him and as these men were parting
9:46from him Peter says to Jesus hey hey
9:49Master it’s good that we’re here
9:52um I have an idea let’s make three
9:54tenths one for you one for Moses one for
10:00and the text says not knowing what he
10:04it’s almost as if he’s completely out of
10:06his mind and there’s a reason for this
10:08all right
10:09let’s take a look back at our epistle
10:11text Hebrews chapter 3. let me re-read
10:15therefore holy Brothers ah gotta pause
10:17there for a second don’t you love it how
10:19in the Epistles it treats Christians as
10:21if they’re Christians think about it
10:23okay therefore holy Brothers you are
10:26Brothers and Sisters in Christ You Are
10:28Holy it doesn’t say you who are striving
10:30to become holy no no no no no it says
10:33you who are holy you who share in a
10:36Heavenly calling that’s us we share in
10:38this heavenly calling consider Jesus Oh
10:41yes the Apostle the high priest of our
10:43confession he was faithful to him who
10:46appointed him just as Moses also was
10:48faithful in all of God’s house so Jesus
10:51has been counted worthy of
10:54more Glory than Moses
10:58Jesus is not an equal with Moses and
11:02and this is what this text says more it
11:04just says much more Glory as the Builder
11:06of a house has more honor than the house
11:08itself where every house is built by
11:10someone but the Builder of all things is
11:13God now Moses was faithful in all of
11:15God’s house as a servant to testify to
11:17the things that were to be spoken later
11:21but Jesus he’s Faithful over God’s house
11:24as a son and we are his house if indeed
11:27we hold fast our confidence and our
11:29boasting in in Our Hope so the idea here
11:32now going back to the Mount of
11:33transfiguration Peter once again
11:36speaking out of turn that lousy example
11:39for us of what it looks like to be a
11:40Christian he mistakenly thinks he can
11:43somehow Maybe
11:44capture the moment make it last a little
11:46bit longer why don’t you guys all hang
11:48out here we’ll we’ll set up three tenths
11:50one for each of you and by saying this
11:53he’s kind of putting them all on the
11:55same level
11:56wow Jesus is just as important as Elijah
11:59just as important as Moses and the
12:01father from Heaven is having none of
12:03that and sets Peter straight right
12:07so here’s what happens so as he was
12:09saying these things a cloud came and
12:12overshadowed them
12:14like a blizzard
12:16and they were afraid as they entered the
12:19and a voice came out of the cloud saying
12:21this is my son My Chosen One listen to
12:27him and when the voice had spoken Jesus
12:30was found
12:33Moses and Elijah they depart
12:37they’ve done their job all of the Moses
12:40and Elijah all the prophets of the Old
12:42Testament they were pointing us to the
12:45one who is now here on the scene and he
12:48is not hiding his glory he’s letting it
12:51shine like you wouldn’t believe
12:53now keep this in mind did all of Jesus’s
12:57disciples witness this
12:59no this is an extraordinary and we’ll
13:04say unique blessing that they had
13:08Barnabas wasn’t there Thaddeus wasn’t
13:11Bartholomew wasn’t there Matthew wasn’t
13:16right the majority of the disciples
13:18didn’t witness this and so the idea is
13:21this if you think for a second that
13:23somehow the Christian life is all about
13:24experiencing the glory of Christ here
13:27and now you’re kind of missing the point
13:29because only some of them
13:33didn’t have to die to see this
13:36the rest they did die before they saw
13:40this is a unique thing and so the idea
13:43then is this is that Jesus is doing this
13:45as a sign to manifest who he truly
13:47really is he really is none other than
13:50God in human flesh and if you look at
13:51the context back in chapter 9 of Luke
13:53well that’s right right this takes place
13:56right after Peter’s great confession
13:57that he’s the Messiah that he’s the
13:59Christ the son of the Living God takes
14:01place after that he lets them all so
14:03he’s letting them all mow Yep this is
14:05for sure boys this is what’s coming by
14:08the way this is what is coming
14:11there is a day coming when this Jesus
14:14who was shining with all of his glory
14:17when we will see him in this state in
14:19this state as well not here not now
14:23we carry our cross
14:26we deny ourselves
14:28we follow Jesus to his death
14:31to our deaths
14:33then we will see his glory then we will
14:38see him face to face
14:40and so the idea here is is that we learn
14:43from this text that Jesus really is our
14:47Passover Lamb we also learn from this
14:49text that he is also the pillar of fire
14:51that was shining there leading the
14:54children of Israel in the wilderness
14:55this is you know Jesus is like a literal
14:58Pillar of Fire now
15:01all of this gives way to the here and
15:04now because Jesus at this point has
15:06really come not to shine his glory and
15:08freak us all out instead he’s come to
15:11go to the cross and accomplish his
15:13Exodus and bleed and die for our sins
15:15the same Jesus who was shining on the
15:18mountain here in all of his glory is the
15:21same Jesus who in darkness was bleeding
15:24and dying for your sins and mine
15:26the same Jesus who in darkness cried out
15:29to the father my God my God why have you
15:32forsaken me
15:36we call that a Victory lap
15:38and then he sees dad and runs the other
15:40way that’s called Original Sin
15:52oh how funny yeah and that’s the reason
15:55why we come to church
16:00so the same Jesus who’s Shining
16:02suffers and bleeds and dies for our sins
16:05and the words of the father now come to
16:08us today these words that say this is my
16:12son My Chosen One listen to him
16:16what does it mean for us to listen to
16:19what does it mean
16:20to listen to Jesus is to believe him to
16:23believe that he came to seek and save
16:25the lost that’s you and me it’s to
16:27believe that he comes to us this morning
16:29and he does he comes to Us hidden not in
16:33glory he comes to us this morning hidden
16:36under the bread and the wine as we take
16:38the Lord’s supper and we hear again
16:40these comforting words take eat this is
16:43my body broken for you take drink this
16:46is my blood shed for you for the
16:48Forgiveness of your sins Jesus tells us
16:51to believe that in the waters of our
16:53baptism his blood has been mixed in it
16:55and we have been washed and our sins
16:58though they be as Scarlet have been made
17:00white as snow white
17:03as his glorious Radiance here on the
17:06Mount of transfiguration
17:08Jesus says to us the sins you forgive
17:11they are forgiven
17:12the sins you retain they are withheld
17:14and so this morning he heard in the
17:16words of the Absolution that you are
17:18forgiven listen to him
17:22he speaks the truth you are forgiven
17:25and so this day as we remember the Mount
17:28of transfiguration
17:30remember to listen to Jesus and to
17:33he comes to us humbly now but he will
17:36return in glory to judge the living and
17:38the dead and we will see that glory and
17:40the greatest thing is because we are in
17:42him because we are forgiven because he
17:43has given us the gift of faith in him to
17:45believe these amazing promises this
17:48unbelievable promises dare you believe
17:50that you can be saved yes even you even
17:54I we can be saved because of what Christ
17:57has done for us so believe this and know
18:00that what it is that Peter James and
18:02John experienced that you too also will
18:06experience you will see Jesus you will
18:09see him in his glory and you will not be
18:12afraid and you will not say stupid
18:14things like Peter
18:16instead you will say glory to God in the
18:19highest Glory
18:21what Mercy that we have in Jesus what a
18:24blessed and glorious day that will be
18:25and we all get a little bit of a peek of
18:27it here and now in the name of Jesus
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