Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us at the next Sunday worship service:
In-Person
9:00am & 10:45am,
Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

NOTES OF REFLECTION ON WORSHIP

Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus. Peter exclaimed, “Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials —one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground. Then Jesus came over and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” And when they looked up, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus.” Matthew 18:1-8.

There are many different definitions of what true worship is. Some believe that worship is the worship song that moves you on Sundays. Others believe worship is the amount of money you contribute to various ministries. Still, others see volunteering on Sundays as an act of worship. All those and others are acts or expressions of worship, but maybe John Piper has the best definition: “True worship is valuing or treasuring of God above all things.”

Why do we worship Jesus and not another, or for that matter, nothing at all? It’s a crucial question that people have pondered for centuries. The answer to that question was revealed on a mountaintop 2,000 years ago, and it’s still being revealed today. Matthew 17:1-9 tells the tale of Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. The transfiguration of Jesus Christ was a unique display of His divine character and a glimpse of the glory that Jesus had before He came to earth in human form. Jesus is worthy of worship. He is worth all the praise you can give Him.

He is transcendent.  He is beyond us and greater than us in every way imaginable. We may think God might be like us… but better.  Maybe we believe an encounter with Jesus would be cool, like meeting Michael Jordan, Taylor Swift, or President Biden. But that is not the case. We will be shaken to the core when we see God in all his glory.  He is glorious in power and light and majesty and holiness. His brilliance and majesty are so beyond us that we won’t know what to do when confronted with Him, and we will fall apart. We will worship Him.

 The apostle Paul says that someday, everyone will worship Jesus. Philippians 2:10 says, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.”

True worship acknowledges God and all His power and glory in everything we do.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does the transfiguration mean?
  2. How would you have reacted if Jesus had chosen you to witness His transfiguration?

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