Six Days Later

Posted by jon on September 20, 2010 in but seriously... |

I read in Matthew 17 a beautiful picture of Jesus’ patience with us. Chapter 17 begins “Six days later…”, which of course begs the question, “What happened six days ago?” Turn the page back and we’ll find out.

Six days earlier Jesus is walking with his disciples and he asks them who they think he is. Before anyone else can get a word in Peter answers that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus tells him he’s right but warns them not to tell other’s yet. Jesus informs them that not only does his road lead him to death, but if anyone wants to follow Jesus they must be willing to lose everything for his sake.

Then we get to the phrase “six days later”. What do you suppose went on with the disciples over that six day period? What kind of questions must they have had? It is out of this place of confusion that three of the disciples witness a miraculous sight. On a high mountain they see Jesus in all his glory, and not only Jesus but Moose and Elijah (the Law and the Prophets) are there as well. And again Peter says, in true church leader fashion, if God’s at work we better build a building.

I think it was at this point the God ran out of patience with the disciples. After all this time with Jesus they’re still not getting it. God overwhelms them and for the second time (never good to have God repeat himself) tells them Jesus is the Beloved Son and they should listen to him. Not hear is words and apply them to their ministry, not think he’s a swell guy, but really listen to Jesus.

After that the disciples are scared and confused. They fall down to before God’s glory in fear. But Jesus didn’t leave them there. Jesus didn’t walk away from them. He went to them where they were, touched them, and picked them up.

It is hard to see where it is that God is leading us sometimes. It is hard when life doesn’t make sense.  To trust Jesus as your Lord doesn’t make life suddenly easier, in fact Jesus said that to follow Him would be the same as giving up your life. But when we are wore out, tired and confused…and we’ve done all we know to do and still come up short, that’s when we see the miraculous God is still at work. We are not left to our questions or uncertainties, but Jesus meets us where we are, and picks us up to walk with Him.

I am glad my Jesus loves a stumbling, bumbling fool like me even when I still don’t get it. Jesus is always there to say, “Get up and do not be afraid”

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