by John Barnett

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Our Glorious Lord (19 of 40)
Series: Book You Can Trust
John Barnett
Luke 9:28

Please open with me to Luke 9:28 on our way to our study of Psalm 19. Come with me to the place Jesus let His glory shine. Come to that hallowed spot that Peter couldn't shake the memory of. To his dying day he remembered that awesome sight. There on a lonely mountainside he saw God shining out of Christ. Yes, he had seen the miracles. Loaves multiplied, sick healed. These were amazing. But nothing rivaled this. For just a moment they were bathed in an unearthly light. There was a warmth and wonder to it. So much so that Peter wanted to never leave that place. But there was also the sheer horror of seeing the unleashed glory of an infinite, incomprehensible, limitless God coming out of One he had spent so many days and nights with.

John said it near the end of his life, we beheld His glory! Attending the transfiguration of Christ (3) was memorable privilege "granted to only three disciples, our Lord's intimates, Peter and James and John; intimates not because of favoritism, but because they more than the others were willing to pay the high price of following Him closely. Like them, we are each as close to the Lord as we really want to be."

For those three it was an unforgettable experience.

In reading John's record of it written half a century later, we can almost detect the awe in his words, "We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father" (John 1:14).

Peter too records the indelible impression the experience made on him, "We ... were eyewitnesses of his majesty" (2 Peter 1:16). The passing years had only served to deepen their awe and wonder. It appears as though the evangelists vie with each other in their endeavor to convey the impression of the glory of the Lord on that occasion.

Matthew records that "His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow" (Mark 9:3; see also Matthew 17:2).

Luke adds other elements: "The fashion of his ...

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