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• READ: MATTHEW 16:13-17; 17:1-8
Peter finished climbing the mountain. He glanced at the other three with him: John, James, and Jesus. What will the Lord show us this time? he wondered.
All of a sudden, Jesus’ skin and hair and garments started to glow, shining
like the sun. He looked even more powerful than He usually did. Even His face glowed in royal glory, like a prince.
In a flash of light, two more men appeared at Jesus’ side and started to converse with Him, as though He shined so dazzlingly every day. Somehow, Peter knew they were the legendary Jewish prophets Moses and Elijah. The three talked with one another as though they were old friends, while the disciples cowered on the ground.
Peter had an idea. He stood up. “Lord,” he said, “it is a good thing that we are here! We shall build three tents for you, Moses, and Elijah to stay in!”
Suddenly, a deep voice boomed from the sky: “This is my Son with whom I am pleased! Listen to Him!”
Peter fell to the ground again, trembling with the other disciples. They stayed there for a moment, shaken. Then, Peter felt Jesus touch his shoulder. “Stand up, and do not be afraid,” He said. Although Peter was still terrified, he trusted the Lord and stood up. The first thing he noticed was that Jesus was no longer glowing—and, the second, that Moses and Elijah were gone.
The Lord had truly shown His glory and magnificence to the three disciples. Peter knew in that moment that Jesus was the long-prophesied Messiah and the fulfillment of every precious promise from God.
• In Matthew 16, Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, acknowledges Jesus is the Son of God (a name pointing to His divinity) and the Messiah (or Christ), the promised Savior from sin and death. Then, Peter witnesses the event in today’s devotion, known as the Transfiguration. How do the events in today’s Bible passages show that Jesus is God and the promised Savior?
• Do you acknowledge Jesus is the Son of God and our Savior? To find out more about what this means, check out our "Know Jesus" page.
Simon Peter answered and said, “You [Jesus] are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16 (NKJV)
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When, Lord, When?
• READ: HABAKKUK 1:1-11
Ever heard of Habakkuk? This book of the Bible is rarely preached on or even discussed, which is a shame because it’s a fantastic gem in Scripture. Like the other eleven minor prophets, the book of Habakkuk provides a snapshot of Israel’s history, one that not only reveals God’s plan but also relates to us today.
Habakkuk, the titular prophet of this book, prays a prayer everyone has uttered
at some point: “How long, Lord, must I call for help?” (Habakkuk 1:2). Simple. Direct. Clear.
Lord, we’re in trouble here. When are You going to step in and help Your people?
God answers, but not how Habakkuk wanted. God raises up the Chaldeans, the ultimate fighting machine, to invade Judah and imprison the Israelites living there.
Huh? How is that an answer to Habakkuk’s prayer? He wanted an end to the pain, and yet it looked like God was going to make the situation worse. Enslavement by the mighty Chaldeans seemed the unlikeliest solution of all. What Habakkuk didn’t know was that the Chaldeans were merely an object in God’s plan to save His people.
Flash forward six hundred years. Israel is awaiting a Messiah, one who would deliver them from their suffering. At that time, the Romans enslaved them. So the Israelites wanted a mighty warrior, the ultimate fighting machine who would propel them to victory. Instead, they received Jesus, a wandering rabbi and his ragtag group of followers. Their hopes apparently ended when He died on the cross at Calvary.
What they didn’t know is that the only means of salvation—which is what they had been waiting for—was Christ’s death and resurrection, not His army. His work on the cross and His resurrection from the dead give us hope now and forever. He was and is our answer to “How long?”
• Have you had a situation that made you ask, “How long?”
• Read Revelation 21:1-5. How does knowing Jesus promises to return to make all things new—free from sin, suffering, and death—affect the way you view suffering in the world?
How long, Lord, must I call for help and you do not listen or cry out to you about violence and you do not save? Habakkuk 1:2 (CSB)