Jesus’ Transfiguration and the Nicene Creed

 

“In one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God…, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God.”  So, we confess in flowing poetic language.  But what does that mean?  How would you explain that to a 7th or 8th grader, or  Millenniums or anybody or even yourself?  Maybe Jesus Transfiguration gives us a way.

Jesus took three disciples up a mountain and “was transfigured before them and his clothes became radiant, intensely white.” A voice spoke, “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.”  That’s a picture of Jesus, very God of very God in all glory.

The creed continues, “Who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven.”  Jesus came down the mountain for us and our salvation.  He came down to where we live in our everyday life.  What did he find?  He found arguing and failure and frustration and little faith.  He found a boy and his parents in desperate need of help.  Jesus took the boy by the hand and lifted him up.

That is where we can find Jesus, in our struggles, failures and frustrations and small faith.  Jesus is very God of very God with us, where we are.  The next mountain he would climb, was Mt. Calvary, where a cross awaited followed by death and burial and then the resurrection. So now, if we would see God’s glory, we look to the “face of Jesus Christ.”

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