Are Jesus as well as the gospel story true? And what makes it thus? Many persons who’ve not recognized God and think Jesus is anything from a easy prophet to a myth may think the gospel story’s been created up. To them it may be interesting but it’s far from ‘fact.’ Christians believe it is very truth. And I learn several Christians who’re smart and not conveniently tricked, which leads me to consider there’s more with it than only story.
The Bible addresses this quandary in different methods. I thought I’d focus on piece of Peter’s account.
Can you imagine being Peter witnessing the Mount of Transfiguration event as portrayed in Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke? He saw Jesus both in the presence of, and heralded by, the chief prophet, Elijah, as well as the chief law-giver, Moses, as they proclaimed–with God the Father overseeing and offering his own testimony to the event–Jesus’ anointing in fulfilling the Law as well as the Prophets (Matthew 5:17; 7:12) as Israel’s coveted, yet later denied, Messiah.
And Peter proclaims this in his 2nd letter, crucially propounding the God-inspiration of both the event as well as the prophesy that foretold Jesus’ coming, and importantly reinforcing his apostolic authority as 1 of just 3 eye-witnesses to the event beyond question:
“We didn’t follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the force and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and fame from God the Father when the voice came to him within the Majestic Glory, suggesting, ‘This really is my Son, whom I love; with him I am effectively satisfied.' We ourselves heard this voice that came from paradise when we were with him found on the sacred mountain” -2 Peter 1:16-18 (NIV).
And we too are witnesses of his beauty through the experience in our own lives.
Jesus, by his will and ours (i.e. our belief), broke in and revealed his fullness to us, his fame never-ending. We really couldn’t appreciate it completely and nonetheless can’t. This really is not an experience we will explain nor could others relate with, until the individual revelation happens for the first-time. Then we get it.
It’s at this point that “the story” that several unbelieving folks think is fictitious becomes a fervent and pulsing fact for us. Like Jesus was, we too have been transfigured!-and that-spiritually, mentally, emotionally. Suddenly we’re alive to the motioning of the Spirit; our blindness has receded. We start to find beyond this existence and into eternity.
How can we not share this superior information? This story of truth is bound to the fact of our changed lives of compassion, sympathy, superior humour and superior cheer. We are not blown by the prevailing winds; we’re guided found on the course of truth and elegance. We finally start living the method we constantly desired to reside.
The “story” makes sense just when our doubts evaporate enough to be available to belief; this really is when Jesus-the real Person via the Holy Spirit-is capable, finally, to create a house within me or you.
We are destined for our own Mount of Transfiguration (and various of them) if our hearts and minds are available to get the Presence of God in Jesus. We have a God of individual transfiguration and transformation in our midst.
In him, for ourselves, we could do the openly impossible and immeasurable. What was when beyond us today becomes, of itself, transfigured and changed. Many difficult factors lay before us, yet with his aid, our relative mastery over these proves his existence and Presence with us.