Lent Devotional: 2 Peter 1:16-18

by Jonathan Haefs

Today’s devotional is authored by Brad Brown

2 Peter 1:16-18
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.

Reflection
Is there really a God? Is the Christian faith true in what it claims? Was Jesus really who he said he was? Is it possible that we have gotten it all wrong?

If we are honest with ourselves, these are questions that we have all asked before. We’ve all had these moments where these doubts randomly pop into our mind and cast a dark shadow. We imagine a world where everything we have built our life on is wrong and its a troubling place to be (to say the least..).

In the midst of these questions C.S Lewis takes us to the heart of our faith: The person and work of Jesus Christ.

C.S Lewis claimed that Jesus cant just be a good moral teacher. He said that Jesus is one of three things: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord:

First, Liar. Jesus didn’t just claim to be a moral teacher he said that he and the father were one, He claimed to be God in flesh and demanded that we follow him above all things. So…it’s possible that Jesus could have been lying about who he was. 

Second, Lunatic….Meaning that Jesus really believed he was God. Therefore, he wasn’t lying but he was crazy. 

Third, Lord. The third option for Lewis is that Jesus was who he said he was and therefore he is God in the flesh. Fully God. Fully Human. God with us. The one who was really crucified and was really raised from the dead in history.

In the text for today Peter wants to make clear that the confession that Christ has died, Christ has risen and Christ will come again is not based on a myth. 

Peter witnessed the person and the work of Christ.  At the Transfiguration the apostles saw the carpenters son clothed in a visible glory…a visible glory that will be seen by all when he returns. 

They also heard, in a voice from heaven, the divine declaration of the true identity and authority of their teacher. So If the apostles’ witness to this is trustworthy, then their message about the Second coming is not a human fairytale to make us feel better, but is based on Gods action and declaration.

This Holy week we remember the historical events leading up to the death and resurrection Jesus. We remember that our faith is ultimately built, not on our feelings or individual experiences, but on the action of God in history in and through his Son.

This is reality. Everything else we tell ourselves is a dream…

In John 6, after a hard saying from Jesus many of his followers leave him. He turns to the twelve and asks “Do you want to go away as well?” 

Peter answers, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 

In the midst of all our sufferings, and questions, and uncertainties…Where else can we go shades? What else could we run to that would satisfy our souls? By the testimony of those before us and the work of the spirit we have tasted and seen the beauty of Jesus Christ.

God has come to us and he is coming again. When he comes again there will be no more suffering and no more doubts about his identity. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess what we preach and sing every Sunday. For eternity we will recount the events of Holy week diving its depths with each word of praise. 

Thanks be to God.

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