Eternal Savior Lutheran Church

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TRANSFIGURATION – March 3, 2019 – Heb. 3:1-6 “THE GREAT ONES”

Introduction:  Grace be to you and peace, from God our Father, and from our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.  Our text is the Epistle Lesson just read, from Heb. 3.  We begin with prayer.

 

Dear fellow disciples of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ:

  • Today is “Transfiguration Sunday,” the last Sunday prior to Ash Wednesday and the commencement of Lent. In the Gospel reading we read about the glorious transfiguration of Jesus, “Whose face was altered, and His clothing became dazzling white.”  We also read of Moses and Elijah who “appeared in glory.” 
  • These two are important people, who did remarkably important things for God and His kingdom, back in Old Testament times. Their conversation was about “His departure, which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.”  That is, they were talking about the crucifixion and sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.  This is always the central topic for God and His people – His salvation, His forgiveness, mercy, and love.
  • And Jesus – well He is the greatest of all, worthy of far more glory and honor than any of “THE GREAT ONES.”
  • As we read Holy Scripture we learn that:

I.  God’s Spokesmen, Prophets And Apostles, Are The Great Ones – Moses, Joshua, Elijah, And The Other Prophets

 

Text:  “Moses was also faithful in all God’s house.”

 

Statement:  If we understand God’s greatest desire, that “all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth,” then of course those who are servants of His Word are “THE GREAT ONES.”  No one could exclude Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Elisha, and many others!

Application:  Further, they were faithful in the face of great opposition, threat, and persecution!  How fabulous it will be to meet them in heaven and converse with them.  Their writings show their faith, as they present the glory and splendor of God’s love for us!  They all spoke and taught of Jesus, the “seed of the woman,” the seed of Abraham and David, the Savior of the world. 

 

Transition:  Nonetheless,

 

II.  Jesus Is Much Greater Than The Greatest Prophets

 

Text:  “Consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, Who was faithful to Him Who appointed Him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house.  For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses – as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor the house itself.”

 

A.  He Is The Builder Of The House

 

Text:  “Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses – as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor the house itself.”

 

B.  Jesus Is The Son Of God, The Savior Of God’s House

 

Text:  “Christ is faithful over God’s house as a Son.”

 

Gospel:  “They spoke of His departure, which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.”

 

John 1:29  “Behold, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.”

 

John 12:23,24   “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

 

Statement:  Yes, the other “GREAT ONES” testified about Jesus, and the great salvation God promised to mankind, urging all men to put their faith and trust in God, that they might be forgiven and accounted to be righteous by God.  But Jesus is the “GREAT ONE” Who accomplished all of this for us.  He is the “Seed” in Whom all the nations would be blessed.

 

Application:  All of this was accomplished for us, for our great good and blessedness.  How wonderful and blissful it must have been for Moses and Elijah to discuss with Jesus the great cosmic salvation of the world that He was prepared to provide for us!  And for Peter, James, and John – if only they had understood what was being discussed, they too would have been filled with a proper awe and thanksgiving.  And they would understand, after Jesus’ glorious resurrection, and the Day of Pentecost. 

 

Transition:  And all of this was accomplished and written for us, for:

 

III.  We Are God’s House Here On Earth

 

A.  We Have The Confidence Of Faith, Knowing What Christ Has Done For Us

 

Text:  “We are His house if indeed we hold fast our confidence.”

 

B.  We Boast Even Now In The Hope That God Has Given Us

 

Text:  “We are His house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in hope.”

 

Statement:  The “GREAT ONES” have provided us with God’s Word, and by the power of His Holy Spirit, we too have come to say that Jesus is Lord.  We know and believe the love that God has for us, just as Moses and Elijah did, and later as His disciples and apostles knew. 

 

Application:  So we are His house even now, and Christ continues to be faithful over us.  But let us take care “to hold fast our confidence and our hope in Him.”  After all, “we share in a heavenly calling,” provided to us by God Himself.  We focus on Jesus, “the apostle and high priest of our confession.”  And we do “confess” Him to others, that God’s Spirit might also bring them into God’s house.

 

Conclusion:  This is what the “GREAT ONES” do, and we are privileged to join them as we speak of what Jesus has accomplished for us.  And just as surely as Moses and Elijah saw Jesus in His glory, so will we when we see Him face to face, either in death or at His return in glory.  Thanks and praise be to God!  Amen.

 

Votum:  And the peace of God, which surpasses all human understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds in the true faith, which is in Christ Jesus, even unto life everlasting, Amen.