From the mountain into the ashes

Transfiguration_bloch“This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” – Luke 9:35

A “mountaintop experience” is often defined as an experience with God where a person gains greater insight into God, themselves and their relationship.

Most “mountaintop experiences” lead people to share the experience with others. This wasn’t the case for those three disciples who saw Jesus glorified, two dead men alive and a voice booming from heaven: This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” Perhaps if our mountaintop experiences were this traumatic we might be silenced too.

However, on coming down from the mountain these disciples were not allowed to be silent or inactive. Instead, they were sent out (Luke 10) to heal the sick and share the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Every Sunday the Holy Spirit gathers us in worship to the mountain of Christ’s cross to hear God’s voice and to be touched by the real presence of Christ’s body and blood in the Sacrament. We are then sent into the world of our lives to practice the healing ministry of reconciliation by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We often don’t do that very well though. Many times we avoid or ignore it. Our faith can waver. Our love is directed elsewhere and we can be more afraid of what someone might think about us than our fear of God who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28).

This week we begin the season of Lent, an opportunity to die to all that holds us back and to rise to new life in Christ. It all starts with Ash Wednesday, a day in which we are called to return to the Lord in repentance that we might be healed. True healing of hurt and wrong begins here at the cross of God’s forgiveness and in the ashes of our faith-led repentance.

This Wednesday we will also begin a new learning series entitled How to Share Christ Confidently. It is an opportunity to learn how to develop a comfortable and effective personal witness. Classes will be offered three times each Wednesday (10:30 am – 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm) for six weeks. The evening class will be held after the mid-week Lenten service at 7 pm.

Whether on the mountain top or in the ashes of life, Christ walks with us and through His life, death and resurrection announces to us the forgiveness of sins, new life and salvation. Lent is a time of new beginnings and new life and you are invited to join us in this journey.

In case you missed the message for the Transfiguration of Our Lord Sunday or would like to listen again please follow this link or watch below.

– Pastor Tim