This last Sunday I had the privilege of preaching at Cypress Church. Just like at the Branch, my passage was Matthew 17.1-13, which focuses on God’s glory at the Transfiguration. If you missed it, check online at Cypress Church (for my message) or the Branch for Pastor Mike’s.
At the Cypress campus, we unpacked how the Transfiguration was a defining moment for the disciples. They had opportunity to look behind the curtain and see who Jesus really was to steel them for the challenges that were headed their direction – Jesus being crucified, the call for them to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him. We, too, have these defining moments where we see Jesus for who He truly is. It won’t likely be a vision of the transfigured and glorified Jesus. It’s going to be that camp event or that missions trip or that prayer with you grandparent or friend. Dramatic or not, there’s a moment for most of us when we met Jesus in a personal way. And if you haven’t, or can’t quite put your finger on it, we need to talk because God wants to begin a very personal relationship with you. (I mean this, by the way. If you want to start a friendship with Jesus, contact me.)
This Sunday we’re going to look at a compelling biblical character who was confronted with a defining moment. I won’t give too much away, but it’s going to be challenging because this young man reveals the human condition. As CS Lewis said, “We are half-hearted creatures.” But to have a defining moment with Jesus means we make a choice. We can keep on our current path, following our current plans, with arms filled with our current stuff, or we can take a posture of receptivity. We let Him lead us on His path for us and guide our plans and, if we’re willing to drop those things we’re so hungrily grasping for, our hands will be open to receive the blessing God has for us.
I hope you’ll join us on Sunday for our family service at 10:00 at the Los Alamitos Community Center!