HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. 29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. 30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. —Luke 9:28-31.
There are three passages of Scripture which Christian believers should often read. They all describe the glory of that Jesus whom Christians love.
- One is in the sixth of Isaiah, concerning which the Gospel of St. John has said, “These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory and spoke of him.”
- Another is in the first chapter of the Revelation of St. John, where the beauty and the majesty of the Saviour are set forth.
- And the third may be any one of the Gospel narratives of the Transfiguration. From such a familiar acquaintance with the Scriptural facts, we shall not easily be drawn down to some lower and meaner ideas as to what the Lord is. And this is important; because the elevation of our Christianity will be according to our exaltation of Christ.
That can be no inglorious or uncertain warfare, out of which the Great Captain of our salvation has carried so great honours. And if the first fruits of the great harvest are so rich and beautiful, men may well sow the seed in joyous faith and hope, for the reaping will be a glorious ingathering when the harvest of the earth is won. The scene of the Transfiguration has given us Jesus in his royal apparel, in his espousal robes, in the brightness of his loving face. But it was associated with Jesus these representative men as partakers in his glory, and interested in His work. No man knows of Moses’ grave. And Elias was translated that he should not see death. And the three disciples have long slept in the dust of the earth. Yet all have glory where Jesus appears in their midst…
Let no man’s heart fail…The glorious Jesus is the gauge and guarantee of the Church’s glory, and it is our wisdom to appreciate Him here whom we shall serve, and praise, and love, forever and forever.
May Almighty God bless and keep us as we continue to search these Scriptures for strength in these last days. As we get knowledge and wisdom we may pass it on to the younger generation so they will be edified.