Yak Pak Week of February 14th – 20th

Posted: February 12, 2015 in Uncategorized
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The Transfiguration

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus gave up his heavenly glory to take our sins upon the cross

Key Verse:
His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.

Matthew 17:2b

(Open the bible and read to your child Mark 9:2-13) Jesus took Peter, James, and John up on a mountain. These three men were brought there to witness the glory of God in Christ. Luke tells us that as the Lord prayed, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes began to radiate (Luke 9:3). By revealing his glory, Jesus demonstrated that he could remanifest his glorious power at any moment. This confirms that Jesus went to the cross freely and willingly, as a lamb led to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:7). Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus, representing the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. Though obviously having never before seen them, the disciples seemed to immediately recognize who they were.

The Jesus Connection:
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?
Here, in a moment of time, three of the disciples had the opportunity to glimpse the holiness, glory, and power of Jesus as God. They knew Jesus, the man, but they didn’t know Jesus the Son in glory. If Jesus was not both fully God and fully man, he could not have taken our punishment on the cross and then risen from the dead. Here on the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus revealed his glorious splendor as the Son of God. Yet once again, Jesus “made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7–8).
Jesus was resolute. He would take the penalty for our sins upon himself and die a cursed death on the cross. After the transfiguration, Jesus gave his disciples strict orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until he had risen from the dead. They could not understand all that had been revealed by his transfiguration. They didn’t understand what Jesus meant by being raised from the dead. Later they would come to understand more fully that God the Son, Jesus, had come down to earth to take on human flesh that he might die for the sins of man and be raised on the third day to new life in victory over sin and death.


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