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Luke 9:28-36, Transfiguration

Key Verse

Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings
— Luke 9:33a

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RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).


Main Idea: Jesus can reveal himself to us in ways we can’t yet understand, but maybe one day we will.

This story moves from a revelation in the presence of saints to a revelation in the presence of a demon. The disciples understood neither revelation. The first revelation took place when Moses and Elijah stood near Jesus, whose appearance was a dazzling white. The presence of the prophets indicated that Jesus was a prophet at least as important as them. But the disciples were frightened and didn’t know what to make of the whole scene. In their fear, they kept silent. The second revelation occurred just after Jesus had an encounter with a demon. On casting it out, Jesus revealed that “the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.” Again, they did not understand and they remained silent.

People can have things of Jesus revealed to them at times and places that they don’t at the moment understand. And yes, often we keep those revelations silent so as not to sound crazy. Maybe it’s ok to let those things that are hard to understand remain close to our hearts for a while. The disciples certainly didn’t see the truth of Jesus’ words until much more had happened in all of their lives. Perhaps we can hold tight to the things we don’t understand until a time when much more has happened in our lives. Jesus’ revelations can become clear to us when we have grown so that we are capable of understanding.


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