Parishes of Bickleigh and Shaugh Prior Uncategorized Sermon for Lent 2, 5th March 2023

Sermon for Lent 2, 5th March 2023

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In today’s reading from Matthew’s gospel, we encounter a moment of great revelation – the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ. It is a story that is often retold, but one that remains profound in its message to us as Christians.

The Transfiguration takes place on a high mountain, where Jesus is joined by Peter, James, and John. While they are there, Jesus is transformed before their eyes. His face shines like the sun, and his clothes become dazzling white. Then, Moses and Elijah appear beside him, and they talk together. The disciples are awestruck and frightened by what they see.

In the midst of this incredible scene, a voice from heaven speaks. It is the voice of God, who says, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him, I am well pleased; listen to him!”

There are many lessons we can draw from this story, but I want to focus on three that I believe are particularly relevant for us today.

First, the Transfiguration reminds us of the divine nature of Jesus Christ. In this moment, Jesus is revealed to be much more than just a wise teacher or a great prophet. He is the Son of God, beloved by the Father, and worthy of our worship and devotion. This revelation should deepen our faith and inspire us to draw closer to Christ in prayer and worship.

Second, the Transfiguration reminds us of the importance of listening to Jesus. The voice from heaven tells us to listen to him, and this is a crucial message for us today. In a world full of noise and distraction, it can be easy to ignore the words of Christ and focus on other things. But if we want to truly understand God’s plan for our lives and follow the path of discipleship, we must take the time to listen to Jesus and follow his teachings.

Finally, the Transfiguration reminds us of the ultimate goal of our faith. Moses and Elijah represent the Law and the Prophets, the two pillars of Jewish faith. They appear beside Jesus to signify that he is the fulfillment of everything that came before him. The Transfiguration shows us that Jesus is the bridge between the Old and New Testaments, and that through him, we can be reconciled to God and experience the fullness of salvation.

As we continue our journey of faith, let us remember the lessons of the Transfiguration. Let us embrace the divine nature of Jesus Christ, listen to his teachings, and strive to follow him on the path of discipleship. And let us always keep our eyes fixed on the ultimate goal of our faith – to be united with God through Jesus Christ.

May God bless you all. Amen.

This sermon was not written by me, but by the AI program ChatGPT. Scary isn’t it?

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