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Through the Hard Times
Matthew 17:1-8
Blanco Church of Christ
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 24, 2009

A man told the ticket lady at the airport that he wanted one bag to go to New York, one to Dallas, one to Seattle. The lady told the man, “We can’t do that!” He told her, “You did it last week?” - Well, at least the man kept his sense of humor. Which is not a bad thing to do when things get a little out of whack.

In Matthew, chapter 17, Jesus was transfigured before three of His apostles. The whole scene is one that reveals the glory and authority of Christ. There was a voice out of heaven saying, “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, listen to him” (Matthew 17:5).

When the transfiguration of Jesus takes place, the cross is not far off. Hard times were coming. The disciples were going to be tempted in ways they could never imagine. Jesus Himself would soon find Himself bowed in the garden with sweat dropping from His forehead like great drops of blood. Hard times indeed.

In Luke’s account of the same event, we learn that Jesus had gone to the mountain of transfiguration to pray. Often in the ministry of Jesus, we see Him seeking this very important time of prayer. Especially now. It’s good, of course, to pray anytime. But when some difficulty overwhelms us, we cetainly should remember to call upon our heavenly Father for strength.

This scene of the transfiguration was an awe inspiring event. Yet it was also true that it was not meant to last. Soon all of them retreated from the mountain and it was back to the business of serving. The cross was calling and Jesus was determined to fulfill His ministry. It’s very important to remember when going through hard times that we are called to serve. To take up our own cross and follow our Lord (Mark 8:34). When in the mist of serving others, we often feel our own load lighten.

On this occasion, the Father from Heaven said, “listen to Him”. When going through hard times, we should immerse ourselves in the words of life. The word of God has answers that can’t be found anywhere else. His word serves as a compass to guide us through the storm and deliver us safely on the other side.

For a free audio cassette of a lesson entitled ‘Through the Hard Times’ email or call 830-833-4884.

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