Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 31, 2018

“This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 9:27-36.

“27 But I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”

28 Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.  29 And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming.  30 And behold, two men were talking with Him;  and they were Moses and Elijah, 31 who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.  32 Now Peter and his companions had been overcome with sleep;  but when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him.  33 And as these were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here;  let us make three tabernacles:  one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not realizing what he was saying.  34 While he was saying this, a cloud formed and began to overshadow them;  and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.  35 Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One;  listen to Him!”  36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.  And they kept silent, and reported to no one in those days any of the things which they had seen.”  Luke 9:27-36.

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We think we listen to Jesus, but like Peter, we too quickly turn our attention to our own thoughts and words.  “… Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here;  let us make three tabernacles:  one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not realizing what he was saying.”  Verse 33.

“Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One;  listen to Him!”  Verse 35.

As we listen to sermons and Bible studies, what is Jesus saying?

As we read Scripture, what is Jesus saying?

Do we meditate on Jesus’ words and compare His words with other words that Jesus said and other Scripture?

Three recent Scriptures beautifully illustrate the importance of meditating on Jesus’ words to help us understand other words that Jesus said and other Scripture.

Although most people would not include verse 27 with verses 28-36, I include it in today’s Scripture because I think the words of Jesus in verse 27 helps us understand what happened in verses 28-36.  Namely, that Peter and John and James saw a glimpse of the kingdom of God when they witnessed the Transfiguration.

Likewise, in yesterday’s devotion, Jesus’ words in Luke 9:22 help us understand the following section even though most people would not include it.  Jesus’ words (“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.”) helps us understand His words in Luke 9:23 and the rest of the section in yesterday’s devotion (“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.)

Finally, Jesus’ words in the following Luke 9:26 helps us understand today’s Scripture:  “This is My Son, My Chosen One;  listen to Him!”!

“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”  Luke 9:26.


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