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PARSON TO PERSON

We need to listen to Jesus as the disciples were instructed

When was the last time looking at scripture, you stood back and drank in the wonders of Christ.

I have been walking through Matthew the last few weeks and spoke on a few chapters.

Look at Chapter 14 where Jesus walks on the water to the disciples in the midst of stormy weather.

The disciples have rowed approximately three to four miles from shore where Jesus urged them to get into a boat and row to Capernaum. At the fourth watch of the night or at 3 a.m. our time, Jesus comes walking to them walking on the water.

Think about it, He would have walked on water for three or four miles. Just a gentle stroll in the midst of the storm.

Now, look at Chapter 17 where Jesus leads Peter, James and John up a high mountain. Hang on a minute, folks, He took the disciples mountain climbing.

“There can be a reasonable doubt, that Christ and His disciples had not left the neighborhood of Caesarea, and hence, that the mountain must have been one of the slopes of gigantic, snowy Hermon.” (J.D. Pentecost)

Jesus is transfigured before the disciples and His face shone like the sun and His clothes became a white as the light (Matthew 17:2). Then Jesus is talking with Moses and Elijah. The disciples are distracted by the presence of these historical heroes. However, they are not realizing the point of witnessing the glory of Jesus. The heavenly Father speaks from a cloud and tells them to listen to Jesus.

Just like the disciples, we need to have obedient hearing to Jesus,

As we approach Palm Sunday and Easter: Let us acknowledge the Messiah, whether He is riding a colt, hanging on the cross or standing before an empty tomb. Let us worship the Savior.

“And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long, steals on the air the distance triumph song and hearts are brave again, and hands are strong, Alleluia! The music of the Gospel leads us home!” (From the book “Springs in the Valley”)

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