Who is this Jesus? This was the gossip and question of the day when Jesus was travelling around Palestine. And in Matthew ch16, Mark ch8 and Luke ch 9 in the new Testament part of the Bible, Jesus asks His disciples: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?
It is clear from their response that it was a hot topic.
“Well” the disciples replied, “Some say John the Baptist; some say Elijah; and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” If it hadn’t been “hot gossip” at the time, they wouldn’t have said that. But it wasn’t just the crowds who were talking about Jesus. His own disciples were asking the same question. The question “Who is this Jesus” was burning on everyone’s lips.
In these few chapters we see the human response to the question. In the following chapters we see the divine response in what is known as the transfiguration. The Transfiguration took place, because God the Father wanted to answer the question, once and for all. Who is Jesus?
At the Transfiguration, three major events occurred
Jesus’ appearance was transformed. Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus on the Mountain. And God spoke to the disciples. And all of these were part of Gods response to the question: Who is Jesus?
And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.
Part of Gods response to the question: “Who is Jesus?” was to reveal Jesus in his full glory.
Jesus’ face shone like the sun and his clothes became dazzling white. God revealed Jesus in all His glory. Revealed Jesus as he truly is, part of the Godhead, revealed Jesus as the disciples had never seen him before.
God gave the disciples clear and visual evidence of who Jesus is. The second event that happened at the Transfiguration was that Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus. Moses represented the Jewish law and Elijah represented the prophets who foretold of the coming of Jesus. A new era is on the horizon. The Old Covenant, represented by Moses and Elijah is going to pass away and the new Covenant is going to come, through the death and resurrection of Jesus. This new covenant is not about the law but all about a personal relationship with Jesus. The third significant event that happened at the Transfiguration was that God told the disciples “Who Jesus is “While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My Beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” And the relevance to us today? Gods final three words were: “Listen to Jesus” and when God had finished speaking, Elijah and Moses were gone. Jesus remained.
Jesus remained. Jesus is always there and He remains for us today to listen for His voice. God did not say Listen to Moses and Elijah. He just simply said “Listen to Jesus.”
So Who do we think Jesus is? The simple way to answer that question is to ask Him. And that’s the challenge……Just ask God. God, who is Jesus? If you are out there God, tell me who you are, make yourself known to me…….And God will answer……
“This is My Beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” We must always leave room in our extremely busy lives to listen to Jesus. Its all well and good doing all the talking when we are praying, but leave room for God to speak back, take time out….Psalm 37 says Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. And a few pages later the Psalmist says Be still and know that I am God….(Psalm 46).This isn’t me that’s telling you to take time out, these are Gods words…. “This is My Beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”
May the Lord bless you and keep you. Pat
We continue to meet each Sunday evening in the Methodist Chapel.
We are usually setting up link from 5pm, so if you see the lights on and the doors open please pop in for a pre meeting cuppa and a chat.
Or if you fancy, please come and join us on a Sunday evening from 6-30.
We continue to have a time of lively praise and worship followed by a talk.
During the talk to the adults the children go out for kids church, a time of bible teaching, craft making, singing and generally having a good time. At the end of the talk we all come together again usually for a final song followed by a cuppa a chat and doughnuts and muffins with a healthy option of seasonal fruit.
We are a very friendly crowd and our meetings are very informal please come and “try us out” we would love to see you. There is a doughnut with your name on it……..
All our Sunday evening meetings are recorded and are very easily downloaded as a podcast or can be listened to direct from your laptop or pc through our website www.brandesburtonlink.me
Smartiz. Restarts 18th September. For fun, crafts, songs, stories, friends and more, is an after school club with a Christian theme for key stage one children on a Tuesday afternoon, (during term times) 3-30pm to 4-30pm in the Chapel Hall. The kids have a great time, singing, playing games, making crafts, and generally having fun which is rule number one for all of the Smartiz.
Little links Restarts 5th September. We meet each Wednesday morning anytime between 9am and 1130am, in the Methodist Church hall. The group is for Mums, Dads, Grandparents, and carers of babies and toddlers. The sessions are free and there will be a range of activities for you to experience with your child including: creative play, crafts, music time, story time, snack time with coffee and biscuits for adults. Meet up with friends and make some new ones. The group is led by Sue who taught in the foundation stage at Brandesburton school for many years and is now semi retired.
Link Ladies Restarts 11th September. The Ladies meet every Tuesday evening at 7-30pm, in the Chapel hall. Please pop along to any of the evenings you will be made more than welcome.
Link up for Coffee Tuesday mornings from 1030-1200. Coffee is always a great idea. Why not pop in for a coffee or a cup of tea. We are open when the sandwich board is outside of the Methodist chapel.
Prayer. On a Wednesday evening we have a weekly prayer meeting at 7-30pm in the Chapel hall. If you require prayer please stop either Sue or myself in the street, or even better still, why not drop by on a Wednesday evening.
Families at Four and Food at Five. Our next Families at Four and food at five is scheduled for 26th August and November 4th. Please let Sue know if you would like to join us.
Mens Breakfast. We have been having mens breakfasts every few months or so on a Saturday morning. Our next breakfasts are scheduled for the 1st September and November 17th. Good food and fellowship, a time of worship and a short word. For more details please give me a call.
Beverley Street Angels continue to be out on the streets of Beverley on a weekly basis. We will be particularly busy on Ladies day in August, when some of us will be out from 10am through to 3am the following morning.
For any further information regarding Brandesburton link, please phone Sue or Pat Clark on 01964 544116.