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02 March 2014

Sermon: Transfiguration—Year A (Gospel)

2 March AD 2014
The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Title: No One but Jesus Only (MP3 Audio)

Solus Christus Summary: One of the most pervasive false theologies throughout Christianity is known as “Jesus and” — as in “and works” or “and prayers” or some such. Whether subtly or brazenly,“Jesus and” teaches that we need more than just “Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2)” for our salvation or for our sanctification.

However, it’s not what we do, nor is it which messenger brings us the Good News. Paul wrote that whomever we follow — in his example himself, Peter, or Apollos — it is only through the suffering and death of Christ that we are saved.

Moses and Elijah certainly pointed toward and prepared the way of Jesus. Peter, James, and John witnessed His suffering, death, and resurrection and carried His Word forward. However, the only thing that ultimately matters is Jesus. He is our only salvation, our only hope, our only life.

Transfiguration Text: And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.

And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” Matthew 17:1-9

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of No One but Jesus Only.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 2:6-12; Exodus 24:8-18; 2 Peter 1:16-21

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