Oh, the Humanity!


Devotional for Saturday, April 4

Matthew 17:2
And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.

If you were in the Luminary sanctuary Feb. 23, you heard the story of Jesus’ divinity being revealed to Peter, James and John in the Transfiguration. I described this as God’s revelation of a deeper, unseen reality, evidence that there is more going on than what we usually experience with our senses.

In the week to come, we will see Jesus’ humanity fully revealed. Blood will flow across his face, and his stained clothes will be stripped off him. At one point, the Son of God will be so cut off from the Father that he will quote Psalm 22, crying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Try not to look away. You will witness God taking our side, broken for us so that we may be lifted up to eternal life despite our sin. It is a remarkable thing: The Creator utters the same lament we all have felt at one time or another.

This is mysterious, but it also is the most comforting kind of mystery. Sinful humans don’t deserve this kind of attention. God is holy, and rightly demands to be surrounded only by what is holy, but God has another powerful motivation. God is love. He has taken on flesh so we can be made holy through sheer belief.

Prepare yourselves. The Son of Man is about to perform the greatest work of love ever done.

Lord, may the story we hear this coming week change us for the better, drawing us closer to you. Amen.

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