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{Advent} When the Morning Star Rises

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For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain. Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets.

You must pay close attention to to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines  in your hearts.

Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own what understanding, or from human initiative.

No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God. {2Peter 1:16 – 21}

What an experience it must have been for Peter to see his friend, his teacher, transfigured on mountaintop.

This man he knew so well in human form, who grew hungry, tired, thirsty, who laughed, cried, joked and reasoned stood before him in full heavenly glory. At the time Peter wasn’t sure what to make of what appeared before his eyes and eagerly offered, “It is good for us to be here. I can build a shelter for you, and for Moses and for Elijah.” It wasn’t until later, when Jesus had ascended to heaven and the Holy Spirit came to all believers that Peter began to see clearly. He then realized that the scriptures he memorized as a young boy, the day he met Jesus by the seashore, the night he betrayed his friend and teacher– it all came together in the name of Jesus.

His experience on the mountaintop became a light he chose to share with others, like you and me.

Peter wrote that the words of prophecy that speak of Jesus are “like a shining lamp in a dark place.”

Lamp refers to a flickering candle or a small lamp and darkness refers to a squalid, dank darkness.

On our honeymoon, my husband and I toured an old lighthouse on the central California coastline.

We climbed dozens of stairs to the light deck where a single, small lightbulb shone. Wrapped on all sides of the bulb was a great collection of over a hundred pieces of glass, each mounted in a wire frame. The docent told us that each piece of glass was hand-polished and they were fitted together to form the Fresnel lens. This collection of lenses allowed that single bulb to cast it’s light across the darkest, foggiest night to guide the ships away from the rock-strewn coast and on to safety. When the night was at it’s blackest, the captain depended on the beam to lead his vessel and crew to safety.

Peter described prophecy to be much like a Fresnel lens and the world we live in, this dark place, like the murky fog and dark, dangerous waters of the rocky coast. We need to depend upon the light of scripture and look for it for salvation.

Jesus left his heavenly home at just the right time and fulfilled the prophets of old. He became the Light the world needed and his life changed the trajectory of humankind. His death paid for our sin and his resurrection led the way for the Holy Spirit to live with everyone who calls on the name of Jesus as Savior. His life was the light this world needed, and still needs.

One day, we will look again for him and his advent, his coming, will be like the rising sun — it will end all darkness. We will live in the light of his glory. A star appeared in the sky and rested over where the child, Jesus, lived. That very light glimmered a prophecy about the Light that is coming again.

Make your life an advent season for the return of Jesus, not as a baby, but a heavenly king. When you see your experiences with new understanding, like Peter did, and you be able to tell others about the mountaintop moments when Jesus met you!

Blessings,

Alyssa

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3 Comments

  1. I always love one of the true witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus is Peter, proved by the fact that he went from a weak, scared, boastful man, into the mouth piece for God himself – unto his own death. Proof indeed.

    Looking for the star…

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