Friday, December 10, 2021

A Taste of Heaven

“For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’” (Romans 10:13 NKJV).

Have you ever noticed that when someone pulls out a cell phone in a movie theater, your eyes immediately go from the movie screen to the phone? That’s because we’re drawn toward the light.

In Mark 9 we read about the Transfiguration, where Jesus shined like the sun. We tend to think of this as a miracle, but the real miracle is that Jesus didn’t shine like the sun all the time. He was God walking among us. And when He walked among us, He didn’t void His deity; He veiled it.

The lyrics to “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” describe Him this way: “Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, hail th’ incarnate Deity!” Jesus never ceased to be God, but He essentially restrained that glory from showing.

The Transfiguration took place at a significant point in Jesus’s earthly ministry, at the halfway point of a very difficult journey. At the Transfiguration, He gave Peter, James, and John a glimpse of glory, or a taste of Heaven.

It was a preview of what is yet to come for all of humanity when Christ returns one day as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Jesus, being God, knew what was ahead. He knew He would have to take all the sin of the world upon Himself. That’s why He said to the Father, “If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39 NKJV). But Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and then He rose from the dead.

Now He offers us the ultimate gift: eternal life. The Bible tells us, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13 NKJV). Today can reach out and accept this gift, and He will forgive you of all your sin.

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