Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Transfiguration of Our Lord
Listen to Him
The Gospel of Mark is Scripture that most of us feel we can understand. The book simply witnesses to what the believers saw and heard, and then invites us to wrestle with how to live by these “nuggets of faith.”
In Mark 9:7 the Father speaks: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” (Notice the imperative; it’s important!) While we may not fully understand the theological implications within the transfiguration account, most of us are capable of wrestling with this nugget: “Listen to him!”
“Listen.” In contrast to Peter, we need to be quiet long enough to grasp what is being said (and shown) to us. There will likely be plenty of chances to praise him and tell others later.
“To.” To whom or to what do we listen? The world is full of competing voices, so why listen to him? While other voices only sap our lives, the voice of Jesus offers life. Hey, I can make this choice for myself!
“Him.” Need any more reason to choose Jesus? The trans-figuration reveals him as the Son of God, dearly loved by the Father. Talk about having the ultimate credentials!
We are not to be gamblers on Jesus, offering a small wager, hoping to win big in the distant by-and-by. We are to be active investors in him now. We begin by listening. We move on by struggling to understand. Finally, we let go of our own will by entrusting all that we have and are with the One Lord. At times we may struggle to fully understand, but, endowed with the gospel’s simple “nuggets of faith,” we grow in him.
Don’t make it complicated. The Father surely didn’t. Begin today. “Listen to him.”
Dean Easton, retired Moravian pastor, Harlan, Iowa