Reading: 2 Peter 1: 19-21
Peter begins by helping us remember the words of the prophets, words that draw us to Jesus and to God. Prophets like Moses and Elijah, who he saw in the transfiguration, and prophets like Samuel and Isaiah – all men who spoke the word that God has placed in their mouths. In his reference to light shining in the darkness, Peter draws in John the Baptist, another prophet who pointed people to the Messiah, just as all the Old Testament prophets ultimately do as well. As modern day disciples of Jesus, this is our call as well: to draw others to the light, to the Messiah.
Sometimes we think of the light of Jesus as a slowly growing presence, a light that steadily bathes one in His encompassing love. This love gradually progresses in an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus. This is often the norm for those raised in the church. They would say they have always known Jesus. But this is not the pattern for all believers.
In the original Hebrew, the word we have translated as dawn has a more piercing, more sudden connotation to it. Think of turning on a bright flashlight after spending several moments in a dark cave. The light is sudden. It is sharp. The light pierces through. Some are experience Jesus this way. Life is as it has always been. Then all of a sudden, Jesus comes charging in, taking center stage in their life.
Jesus can enter in a similar way for believers as well. We go along as always. Then suddenly Jesus bursts into our daily routine unexpectedly. Maybe it is a sudden revelation of a truth as we pray or study our Bible. Maybe it is in a surprising conviction we suddenly feel. Maybe it is in an urge or nudge we feel to reach out to someone. Or maybe it is an experience like Peter, James, and John had, up on the mountain top. This day, may we be open to the presence of our living Savior, however He may come today.