Title: The Glory of God
Text: Matt. 17:1-5
[Mat 17:1] And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
[Mat 17:2] And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
[Mat 17:3] And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
[Mat 17:4] Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
[Mat 17:5] While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
[Mat 17:6] And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
[Mat 17:7] And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
- Jesus took Peter, James, and John
- These 3 were privileged to see the glorified Christ
- Out of all the 11 disciples, they accomplished the most. Is this a coincidence? Certainly not.
- What they saw was the glory of God as revealed in Jesus Christ
- The glory was not revealed in the valley – where everyone can see it
- The glory was revealed in an high mountain – where only a few that went up will be able to see
- You must be set apart just as Jesus set the 3 apart
- When I visited Israel in 2013, the car ride up to the mountain took about 5 minutes. So, it is indeed a high mountain.
- In other words, only those that seek the glory diligently will see it.
- For one to see the glory, one must go higher on their walk with God.
The Transfigured Jesus
- The transfigured Jesus is Jesus in His glory in the Kingdom of God
- The Jesus that appeared in the flesh and walked as a man will not be the Jesus we will see when we get to His kingdom
- The Jesus in the flesh was portrayed as weak
- The Jesus in the flesh was viewed as powerless (Luke 23:35-39, Mark 15, 29-32)
[Luk 23:35] And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
[Luk 23:36] And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
[Luk 23:37] And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
[Luk 23:38] And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
[Luk 23:39] And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
[Mar 15:29] And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,
[Mar 15:30] Save thyself, and come down from the cross.
[Mar 15:31] Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.
[Mar 15:32] Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.
- If they had seen the transfigured Jesus in His full glory, I’m certainly sure that none of them would have made such statements.
- I pray the Lord shall reveal His glory to you in Jesus name.
- Jesus is the glory of God
- [Heb 1:3] Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
- Whosoever has seen Jesus has seen the glory of God
- [Joh 14:9] Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thouthen, Shew us the Father?
Saul of Tarsus – Acts 9:1-7
[Act 9:1] And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
[Act 9:2] And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
[Act 9:3] And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
[Act 9:4] And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him,Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
[Act 9:5] And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
[Act 9:6] And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
[Act 9:7] And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
- Saul of Tarsus also thought Jesus was weak. He was locking up Christians by numbers.
- On his way to Damascus to find more Christians to lock up, he met with the glory of God
- The glory of God transformed his life and he later discovered his purpose in life
Moses – Ex. 3:1-2
[Exo 3:1] Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
[Exo 3:2] And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
- Moses came to the mountain of God
- There he met with the glory of God and received his purpose in life
Stephen – Act 7:55
[Act 7:55] But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
[1Co 10:31] Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
- Peter could not contain himself, he saw the glory and wanted to build an altar
- Saul saw the glory and had no choice but to bow to the Power he has been fighting
- Ezekiel saw the appearance of the glory and fell on his face
- [Eze 1:28] As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
- Effects of the glory of God
- The glory of God moves one from the natural to the supernatural
- The glory of God encourages one to finish their God given assignment
- The glory of God causes one to truly fear God and give Him the reverence He truly deserves
- The glory of God causes one to change their perspectives to life