Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 14-FEB-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Transfiguration of Jesus – In the very familiar passage about the Transfiguration, Jesus was up on the mountain with three of his disciples when his clothes became dazzling white, the disciples saw him talking with Moses and Elijah, and the disembodied voice of God declared him to be God's beloved son and someone to be listened to. In the history of the Jewish people, Moses was the chosen one of God to whom had been revealed the laws and commandments for governing people in their everyday lives; and Elijah was an outstanding prophet, larger than life with his achievements. Jewish religion and culture were shaped and governed by the laws of Moses; and the powerful were often following the written laws to the letter, with no regard for the poor and disadvantaged. But that was not God's intention. Jesus made it clear that God was on the side of the poor and needy, and that faith and faithfulness are demonstrated in our relationships to the least and the last. In his letters, Paul made it clear that if a Christian convert wasn't Jewish, that person should not be required to obey irrelevant Jewish religious laws. Jesus called for a transformation of the heart, so there can be an outpouring of the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, and so forth.
Mark 9: 2-9

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