Last Sunday after the Epiphany/Transfiguration of Our Lord February 7, 2016
Telling the truth that we know
What a thrill it must have been for John and James and Peter to see Jesus then—his clothes becoming dazzling white, his face changing, and Moses and Elijah appearing in glory!—a glimpse of a reality far beyond any they could have imagined.
The revered fathers of their faith, representing the Law and the Prophets, appeared with their own Master, with whom they’d traveled and lived and learned! Peter had recently declared Jesus to be the Christ of God. They had heard Jesus foretelling his sufferings, death, and resurrection. Now they saw him in glory beyond all imagining, and heard the Voice from the cloud calling Jesus “Son” and “Chosen.”
Around 1746, Zinzendorf wrote a hymn called “Calm Waiting upon the Lord.” One verse reads like this:
“We cannot see his face; he lives beyond our vision,
that we may, by his grace, fulfill his word and mission.
For sightless faith alone becomes for us true bliss,
until he draws us home and greets us with a kiss.”
Very rarely is one gifted to see Jesus’ glory; yet it is a blessing to live knowing who Jesus truly is: the Son of God, the Christ, the Chosen One.
Peter, James, and John told no one what they had seen. We, who know the rest of the story, must not follow that example, but rather tell the truth that we know: that Jesus lives, that Jesus loves all of humanity as God’s children, and that we are called to love in his name. Then, in the face of another human being, we too may be given a glimpse of a reality beyond our comprehension.
Nola Reed Knouse, director, Moravian Music Foundation