Luke 9:27-36 ESV But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.” (28) Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. (29) And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. (30) And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, (31) who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. (32) Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. (33) And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. (34) As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. (35) And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” (36) And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.
- How exciting… how fitting that the first Sunday
we are in this new place that we are talking about the transfiguration of
Jesus… about His glory being revealed and shown.
- I think it is fitting because I am excited to see the glory of God revealed in this place, amen?!
- Aren’t y’all excited.
- You see everytime a church grows, or moves, or
expands… it is an opportunity for the Glory of God to go someplace new, to
shine someplace new, to bring light someplace new.
- With that I want to say thank you so much to Amber and the Cedar Rapids public library! They have been so great to us, please be sure to tell Amber thank you!
- And what is awesome is that we are not the first church in this place, this place is accustomed to the glory of God!
- And I simply pray that we honor His name is this place and we do our daddy proud with what He has entrusted us with, amen?!
- So back to this story in Luke…
- A couple weeks ago we talked about taking up our cross, and Jesus end’s that message with verse 27…
Luke 9:27 ESV But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
- So Jesus says “I am going to die… and be raised again… but even before that… there are some here who will experience the Kingdom, the glory, the greatness of God in person!”
- And eight days later, it comes true… the
disciples go up this mountain with Jesus and have an opportunity to see the
glory of God, the kingdom coming, in the flesh.
- And furthermore, everyone but Judas will see the kingdom of God in the risen Jesus, as they are seeing Him here, they will see him again as He brings His kingdom to earth by dying on the cross and rising again.
- But for now, let’s focus on this event… they go up the mountain, the glory of God transforms Jesus, and there we see the glorified Jesus talking to Elijah and Moses.
- And take a look at what they are talking about too… they are talking about Jesus’ death and resurrection!
Luke 9:30-31 ESV And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, (31) who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
- They are talking about Jesus’ death… His
“departure”… and look how they describe it, they say Jesus is going to
“accomplish” it at Jerusalem!
- The death of Jesus was not a failure, it was an accomplishment,
- Come on now, there is a whole sermon in there, but I am just getting going.
- The death of Jesus was not a failure, it was an accomplishment, amen?!
- So one last time, the scene that we have is that the disciples are on this mountaintop with Jesus, Moses and Elijah appear from heaven, the glory of God transforms Jesus… and then the disciples… well, they act like people and miss out on most of it… let’s talk about that.
Show Title Slide
- Today’s sermon is two fold… it is about listening, and it is about experiencing the glory of God, let’s pray!
- PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY
Point one – Listening is a Discipline
- Point one this morning is that listening is a discipline.
- We so two undisciplined things in this story,
and I want to point them out so that you don’t miss out on the glory of God.
- First we see the flesh nature, the human nature, of the disciples taking over and fighting against what is happening in the spiritual. Look at verse 23…
Luke 9:32 ESV Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.
- THE MEN WERE SLEEPY!
- And this isn’t the only time in scripture where something world altering, eternity altering, crazy amazing and powerful… this isn’t the only time something like that has happened and the disciples, being there, respond with sleep…
- Remember where it happens elsewhere in scripture? When Jesus is in the garden, praying, crying out to God because He is about to be tortured and crucified for the sins of mankind… the disciples responded with sleep.
Matthew 26:40-41 ESV And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? (41) Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
- What does this tell us? What does this show us?
That our flesh is weak! Jesus says it best! Our spirits are willing, but our
flesh is weak!
- I know I am not the only one with some weak
- I know my flesh is weak when I am walking back to the table from my third trip to the dessert pizza bar at pizza ranch! Nobody needs that much desert pizza.
- I know my flesh is weak when I order Taco Bell knowing full and well it will make me sick.
- I know my flesh is weak… oh hear this one church… I know my flesh is weak when I am supposed to get up before the sun rises and pray and read my bible… but I shut off the alarm and fall back asleep instead.
- Don’t get me wrong, I want to wake up and read my Bible, I want to pray, I know I need it, I know it’s beneficial, my Spirit is willing but my flesh is weak!
- I know I am not the only one with some weak flesh, amen?!
- So what do we do in the face of weakness in our
- Well we either get fat and lazy, or we get disciplined!
- You either say no to Taco Bell, say yes to the Salad bar, say no to sleeping in, and say yes to the Gym… or you get fat and lazy! Your flesh wins!
- And spiritualy the same is true… say yes to scripture, say yes to prayer, say yes to fasting (which means saying no to food) and sacrifice the comfort of your bed to experience the comfort and the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. (25) Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. (26) So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. (27) But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
- And the sleepiness is not the only lack of discipline that we see, look at verse 33 from our main text today…
Luke 9:33 ESV And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said.
- Look at the end of that verse… it says “NOT
KNOWING WHAT HE SAID”. You know what that means? It means “Oops, Peter just
said something dumb!”
- The glory of God is coming down on this mountain, and Peter can’t keep his mouth shut, and he can’t keep still. He just has to do SOMETHING!
- And his intentions were good, he had so much Zeal but no discipline.
- When he ought to have been listening, he was running his mouth.
- Like I can just see Jesus being like “Peter, be
quit, the grown ups are talking”.
- Ya’ll know what I am talking about if you have small kids and you are trying to have a serious conversation and your son is like “Daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy…”
- Finally you are like “WHAT IS IT?”
- And your son is like “I like orange”.
- My son does that sometimes… he can’t wait for the conversation to be over to tell me that his favorite supper hero is Hulk… I am trying to help with a life or death situation and Ezra can’t wait to tell me this…
- You know why, because Ezra is undisciplined… he is only 4, and is just know learning the discipline of being quite…
- You want to know what an undisciplined prayer
life looks like? It looks like a lot of words and no listening.
- “God I want this, and this, and this, and thank
you for this, your awesome, amen”.
- Yet this is how most of our prayer lives look like because we have not disciplined ourselves to listen to God.
- “God I want this, and this, and this, and thank you for this, your awesome, amen”.
- And that is problematic, because of point two.
Point Two – Don’t Miss the Glory of God
- Point two this morning is “Don’t miss the Glory of God!
Luke 9:34-36 ESV As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. (35) And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” (36) And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.
- Peter is speaking, with all his zeal to serve,
and God speaks and says “Listen to Jesus” and then… just like that, it’s over.
- Moses is gone, Elijah is gone, the glory is gone… there is Jesus, just as before, ready to continue on with his ministry.
- Church what I want to tell you is that often the glory of God does not come in the midst of activity and crying out, but it comes in the stillness, in the quietness.
- Peter wanted to serve, he wanted to do, he
wanted to build… but that is not where the glory was!
- Imagined if Peter had just listened, had just watched, had just experienced the glory of God.
- What he might of heard, what he might of seen, what he might have learned…
1 Kings 19:11-13 NKJV Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; (12) and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. (13) So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
- Elijah, who had just done many GREAT things for
God… seeing a huge miracle preformed, slaying hundreds of false prophets,
seeing a drought in the land miraculously ended, even being feed by angles… yet
he felt depressed and far from God.
- So God decides to show Him is glory. But His glory wasn’t in the avelanch, it wasn’t in the wind, it wasn’t in the earthquake, it wasn’t in the fire… His glory was in a still small voice.
- Church we have to discipline ourselves to stop, listen, wait… otherwise we might just miss that still small voice and in so doing miss the glory of God.
- As I was
preparing this sermon, the Lord gently rebuked me that I do not stop and listen
enough… so just then and there, in my prayer time, I stopped. I stopped
praying, I stopped thinking… I just listened. And God spoke to me.
- He told me two things… first He told me to stop playing a videogame I just started playing, He told me it was filthy in His sight.
- Then He gave me a promise, a prophetic look into what He is going to do for CLC.
- That was it, and it WAS GLORIOUS.
- And if you listen to God, and anyone can do it,
you will likely have a similar experience. Instruction and promises. Rebuke and
- That’s what’s scripture is full of, isn’t it?
- And so it is when we listen to God… and anyone who is saved can do it!
John 10:27 NKJV My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
- If you are a sheep of Christ you should hear His voice, but not just hear His voice… but follow Him! That brings us to our final point this morning.
Point Three – Do what He Says
- Point three, very simple, very short. Just do what He says.
Luke 9:35 ESV And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”
- Listen to Him! That means you actually have to do what He says!
Luke 6:46 ESV “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
- You don’t get the promises without the obedience.
- And do be mad or upset that Jesus gives you chastisement or rebuke or discipline, that just means HE LOVES YOU!
Hebrews 12:6 ESV For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
- I have said it before and I will say it again.
Perfect Christianity… living the perfect Christian Life is as easy as two
- Step one: Get Saved
- Step Two: Do What Jesus says
- But to do what He says you have to listen amen?
- In conclusion, I just want to encourage you all… be disciplined… discipline yourself… slow down sometime to listen, and do what He says…
John 10:27 NKJV My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
- If you don’t hear His voice, it’s for one of two
- One, your are not one of His sheep… you have not truly been saved, you have not truly been born again.
- Or two: you are not listening.
- Let’s take a moment to address both kinds of people who might be hear today, would you close your eyes, bow your heads, and begin to pray with me.
Prayer for Discipline.