“Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.
– Luke 9:35 NLT
This starts for me at least at Jesus’ baptism:
John the Baptist had just baptized Jesus, after John had been in the wilderness and came out looking like Elijah, shouting “Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!” [matt 3:3] He started attracting a crowd and baptizing people and then here comes Jesus, fulfilling prophecies…
which you totally can see for yourself…
which is really cool btw.
To literally read a real prophecy and then flip a few books and see it come to life..
So this beautiful thing happens. John baptizes Jesus. And in that moment when Jesus came up out of the water…
And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.
– Matthew 3:17
This is Jesus’ first big event and oh my what a huge event it is. He purposefully goes to John to be baptized and in front of everyone God calls down.. Jesus isn’t just his son.. He is God’s DEARLY LOVED SON, who brings God GREAT JOY. Oh to be there in that moment.. rocking people’s lives.. people waiting for their savior, for all of the prophecies to be fulfilled.
A year or 2 passes, Jesus is with His disciples, and He starts to tell them that he is going to go to Jerusalem and suffer and when Peter rebukes him saying that the things Jesus is saying must never happen, Jesus yells at him!
“Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
– Matthew 16:23
He needs them to realize who He really is. They still doubt him..
Jesus is nearing the end. Where He gives the ultimate sacrifice of giving His life. His disciples are still doubting him so he takes them to pray..
28 About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly, two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus. 31 They were glorious to see. And they were speaking about his exodus from this world, which was about to be fulfilled in Jerusalem. 32 Peter and the others had fallen asleep. When they woke up, they saw Jesus’ glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As Moses and Elijah were starting to leave, Peter, not even knowing what he was saying, blurted out, “Master, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 34 But even as he was saying this, a cloud overshadowed them, and terror gripped them as the cloud covered them. 35 Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.” 36 When the voice finished, Jesus was there alone. They didn’t tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
Jesus started with this big event of God calling from heaven declaring Him as his son and nearing the end of Jesus’ journey God does it again, with MOSES AND ELIJAH on Jesus’ sides!
Sometimes we need these big revelations to realize Jesus is standing right in front of you. We read His life story, multiple times btw, from multiple perspectives and think “how did these people not get it?!”
We do it all. the. time.
Jesus is always with us, speaking, nudging, protecting and so much more and yet we sit blinded and angry yelling “Where is my God?!” He is right there in front of you. Waiting for you to listen, waiting for us to say “Speak, your servant is listening.” [1 Samuel 3:10]
His BIG events that we are always looking for are in His life stories.. right there in the bible. How many times does God have to call down from heaven for us to understand that Jesus is with us and that we must listen?
This is been something on my heart so much lately. I love to talk.. anyone who knows me can back this fact up, but I do not like to listen. I struggle dearly with this. I know what people say before their sentences end, and I know what they feel by their mannerisms and I cut them off and dismiss their feelings.. I do this to God too. The creator, the savior.. my father. He deserves my respect and my ear.
So these are the stories I’m reading to remember who Jesus is.
And that I should