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Weekly Moravian Message: February 11, 2018

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

Moravian Daily Texts

08/17/2018

Friday, August 17 — Psalm 100
Joshua 24:14–Judges 1:16; Luke 18:1–17

The Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city?” Jonah 4:10–11 (NASB)

Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other. 1 Corinthians 10:24

Creating Lord—you trusted us with one of the biggest responsibilities of all time: to care for your creation and all that is in it. Creation speaks to us and cannot be pushed past its boundaries. Help us tune our ears to listen to the voices that do not sound like ours. Amen.

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