Day 12 – 2 Peter 1:16-21

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness… 2 Peter 1:3

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

Sometimes this Jesus thing is just too incredible to really believe.  I know, maybe I’m not supposed to say that out loud – but it is a story beyond all reason.  There are times I can go from the stirring up of holy passion to complete darkness in 0 to 60 seconds.

Contrary to the “lie” the Chief of Darkness is selling, Peter reminds me this is a “true story.”  He and a few of his closest buddies did not make this stuff up.  They didn’t fake and then bury the breadcrumbs that would lead me down some rabbit trail – as a cruel prank.

When I read his words out loud – like he might be talking to me over coffee – I can hear his passion.  “WE WERE EYEWITNESSES.  We heard the voice…we were on the holy mountain and then WE HEARD THE VOICE! 

Do not get tripped up.  The LIGHT has come…fully charged.

Some days the Light might seem like a lonely candle in a very big darkness but pay attention – dawn is coming.  And Jesus, the Morning Star, is going to rise… and his divine power is going to overtake the darkness… for all time.

You can believe it!”

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One thought on “Day 12 – 2 Peter 1:16-21

  1. The story of Jesus seems unbelievable. I think you have to admit that aloud. Otherwise, I do not think unbelievers would ever take us seriously. C.S. Lewis said it best:

    “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

    Liar, lunatic, or Lord. Those are our only options. The disciples heard the voice of God confirming Jesus as Lord. In the face of such evidence, how could they choose one of the first two options? The rest of us are not as lucky. The majority of humanity will never hear the voice of God while on earth. Therefore, we must rely on other sources to confirm he is Lord. We received the word of God. It points us to Jesus Christ from start to finish despite being written by countless authors over centuries. The word also provides us with eyewitness accounts. Finally, though the Son is no longer present, God sent us the Holy Spirit who testifies to the Lordship of Christ as it moves and works in our world. Because of this, we too are eyewitnesses of God at work in this world.

    The evidence is in Jesus’ favor. He is Lord. However, failure to recognize that his story seems inconceivable to those who do not know him would only turn them away from him. Acknowledge the truth that it seems unbelievable, but follow it up with the evidence of his Lordship.

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