Monday, September 19, 2011

Wake up to the Glory

Luke 9:32 (NKJV) "But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory..." 

This verse comes from a story in the Gospels (the first four books of the New Testament). The story tells us how Jesus met with Moses and the prophet Elijah of the Old Testament. The Story is packed with amazing revelation about our new covenant with God. The Story is repeated 3 times in the Gospels (Mathew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8 and Luke 9:28-36).

Mathew and Mark tell us that Jesus brought the disciples Peter, James and John with Him for the occasion. There is an interesting truth revealed within the names of these disciples and the order that they appear. The Order is the same in these 2 accounts.

The first name is Peter then James and last is John.
The name Peter means "stone".
The name James means "wrongfully takes hold of".
The name John means "God's given grace".

Stone symbolizes the laws of God because they where engraved in stone.  When we put these names together they say, "the law wrongfully takes hold of God's given grace". Because this is repeated so many times in this order we know that there is an important point being made here.

I have heard so many people say, "I am a good person". I have heard this from people close to me as well as people who are famous. All of them believing that this is their ticket to heaven. They couldn't be more wrong. Jesus said in Luke 18:19, "...No one is good but One, that is, God."

The good news is this. We don't get to heaven because of how good we are. It is a gift. We don't have to earn anything. People seem to think that God will punish us if we don't meet the mark. That doesn't sound like good news to me. The word Gospel means "good news".

Even in Churches people have been taught that they must be good to get good. We get good because of what Jesus did on the cross. The more we understanding this, the more changes take place in our lives that free us from the bondages of sin. It's who we know that brings holiness not what we do. Get to know Him personally and you will see wonderful changes in your life.

Luke puts a different twist to these names. This always draws my attention. Let's take another look at the opening scripture substituting the name Peter with the meaning of this name. Now it says "the law and those with it were heavy with sleep (worn out from working). When they were fully awake (stopped working), they saw His glory". That glory is His grace.

Be Blessed

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