24th July 2021

His face shone like the sun

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
Matthew 17:1-2 (NKJV)

In our everyday hum-drum life, full of stress and anxiety, we sometimes forget to think of God’s creation. At times I have looked at the vast universe probed by modern powerful telescopes revealing millions of galaxies and black-holes – and it is still expanding. I do not have words, but stand in awe of our Creator. Our solar system is a speck in our Milky Way galaxy. Our sun shines day and night producing vast amounts of energy, giving us heat and light to sustain life on the earth; its brightness is blinding.
This gives me a glimpse of the brightness of the face of Jesus described by John in Revelation 1:16-17: ‘He had in His right hand seven stars . . . and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.’ The glorious good news is that we will also see Him in His glory. The word of God confirms it in 1 John 3:1-2: ‘Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! . . . Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.’
Can you imagine it, our countenance shining like the glory of the sun? It is very difficult to comprehend it with our human limitations. God cannot lie; we can believe the truth revealed about the glory God has destined for His children.
We are living in perilous times of uncertainty, chaos and confusion – with wars, injustice, violence, hatred, diseases and natural calamities. But we have absolute confidence in God’s sovereignty. With Him nothing is impossible.
In the blazing sun in its full strength (protecting our eyes from it) we see a likeness of the glory to which we are destined.

Father, the heavens declare Your glory. Thank You for a glimpse of this glory given to us. My prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study by Natu Moti


About the writer:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham
congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
B23 7QB

Meeting time:
Saturday 1pm

Local congregational contact:
David Gibbs
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church

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