Rev Dr Richard Chung
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Transfiguration Sunday: Are You Stuck?

Text: Matthew 17:1-9

Synopsis:  Peter, James, and John went up to the mountain top with Jesus. There, they witnessed Jesus changing into his full glory and having a conversation with Moses and Elizah. Peter was overwhelmed with what he witnessed, so he wanted to build shacks for Jesus, Moses, Elizah, and stay there forever. But soon, everything cams back to normal - Jesus was the same as before and no more Moses and Elizah. And Jesus took them and went down from the mountain top.

Jesus did not stay stuck on that mountain top. Jesus decluttered himself of everything that was not his call and went down into the world and served the world.

When fear, uncertainty, and difficulties of our lives grip us, we are tempted to stay stuck in some idyllic place or go back to "good old days" - tempted to stay stuck in some personal mountain top paradise. Our call as disciples is to face our fear and embrace all that is in front of us as a gift from God.

 

Recorded February 23, 2020
at the 10 am Worship Service
of Knox United Church Vancouver