Matthew 17:14: "And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, …"
In Luke 9:37 tells us that when Jesus came off of the mountain a great multitude met him.
These verses before us are interesting to me because before Jesus came down off the mountain, He was transfigured before them and the appearance of His face was altered and His robe became white and glistening. Or in other words the glory of God came down and exposed Jesus for who He really was: the Son of the Almighty God.
This was such a powerful picture and standing beside Jesus was Moses who represented the Law and Elijah who represented the prophets and they were discussing Jesus' destination to go to Calvary. The disciples, when they saw this, were afraid, Peter spoke up and wanted to build buildings for Moses, Elijah and Jesus, but God the Father would have none of this and told Peter to be quiet and to hear His Son Jesus.
Now, when Moses went to Mount Sinai to receive the law, Moses came down from the mountain, and Moses’s face shined and when the people saw him, they ran from Him. But now Jesus comes down from the mountain of Transfiguration and the people ran to Him.
It is also interesting to me that the giving of the law occurred 50 days after them leaving Egypt and 3,000 people died. 50 days after Calvary and the Resurrection of our Lord, on the day of Pentecost 3,000 people were saved.
What a difference between the law and the grace of God! Hebrews 4:16: "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
My point is this: when you and I are going through something, rather than run from God we need to run to Him. When everything is going south on you and you are having a hard time keeping your head above water, run to Him that you may find grace to help in time of need. When someone has hurt you run to Him to find grace to help in time of need.
But what about when you are guilty and have sinned and done things that you are ashamed of? Many decide because they are embarrassed and don’t want anyone to know, they will stop going to church. Let me tell you; that is exactly what you don’t want to do. In fact, Hebrews 4:16 says “let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy…" When do I need mercy? When I have messed up and when I have sinned. But because of what Jesus accomplished at Calvary, you and I, even when we have sinned can come. We can run into the loving arms of Jesus.
If we learn to get into His presence every day and listen to His voice, then when the problems and unexpected disasters occur, because you walked with Him in the sunshine, He will walk with you in the storms. Because you walked with Him in joy and happiness, He will walk with you when the tears are falling.
One of the things that I hope my children know is that when things are not going good for them, they can come to me. When they have done something that they shouldn’t have done, they can come to me. Yet the Bible tells us “If we being evil know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more will our Heavenly Father give good things to those who ask."
Run to Him, Run to Him for He loves you with an everlasting love.
Pastor Lee Cruse, who needs to do more running and less worrying.
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