Reading the Bible Day 254
Heelllooooo. Today we is another account of the incredible story of transfiguration. Transfiguration is one of the recognized holy days of the church celebrated at the end of the season of epiphany (when the wise men come to visit Jesus birth.) The transfiguration is extremely important to understanding Jesus as both prophet and the law and the fulfillment of promise of Elijah returning. In tomorrows reading Jesus explains to his disciples that when God refers to Himself as the "God of Isaac, Jacob, and Abraham" that it means they are not dead, but alive. To see Moses and Elijah alongside Jesus in addition to the aforementioned quote is the first time that Peter and John are getting a glimpse into the promise that heaven is a place of life.
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this teach me about Jesus?
What does this reveal was happening at the time that might have inspired these teachings or moments?
What, if anything, feels applicable to today? What does it challenge me to do in response?
Praying the Hymns
Today's hymn is We Three Kings, a classic advent epiphany hymn and perfect for this day of transfiguration!
1 We three kings of Orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar, field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.
Refrain: O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.
2 Born a King on Bethlehem's plain, gold I bring to crown him again, King forever, ceasing never, over us all to reign. [Refrain]
3 Frankincense to offer have I; incense owns a Deity nigh; prayer and praising, voices raising, worshiping God on high. [Refrain]
4 Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume breathes a life of gathering gloom; sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in the stone-cold tomb. [Refrain]
5 Glorious now behold him arise; King and God and sacrifice: Alleluia, Alleluia, sounds through the earth and skies. [Refrain]