14th April 2019

Jesus Found Alone

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
John 14:18 (ESV)

I am sometimes surprised at the end of a long day full of meetings, meals and late-night conversation, to go to my hotel room and feel alone. No matter how large our network of friends and family, there are times we simply feel alone. I’m encouraged to know it’s a normal feeling, even experienced by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Notice this passage of Scripture: “As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!’ And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone” (Luke 9:34-36). This is the closing scene from Luke’s description of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Peter, James and John have been taken up the mountain with Jesus to see an almost radioactive event take place. Luke describes it like this: “And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white” (Luke 9:29). Just as the face of Moses was altered and radiant when he came down with the Ten Commandments, now Jesus’ whole being is blazing with God’s presence. But in the next breath, he is alone. In one moment he is standing with Moses and Elijah hearing the words of God saying “Listen to him,” and the next moment the glory is gone, and it’s just him. Or was it?

Shortly after this, Jesus found himself alone in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane as his disciples slept. Then when he was arrested, his disciples abandoned him. As he went from Herod to Pilate and back to Herod, he was alone, at least physically. But I think you and I know he was never truly alone. The transfiguration scene was to remind Jesus of that very truth. “This is my Son…Listen to him.” You can imagine the strength these words gave to Jesus as he faced his trial and crucifixion. Knowing he was not alone enabled Jesus to talk to God while on the cross, even quoting from Psalm 22, reminding all that God is the deliverer.

I know when I am feeling alone, my feelings are not being honest with me. Jesus’ parting words to his disciples were: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). So the next time you are feeling alone, remember these words. You are never alone, because Jesus is with you, to the end of the age.

Prayer
Holy Father, thank you that you through your Son (the First Comforter) and your Holy Spirit (Second Comforter) we are never abandoned to be on our own. Always we have that double comfort of knowing that we walk with you every second of every day. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Presented by Heber Ticas
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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ ( https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Heber Ticas is an Elder in Grace Communion International and is the Superintend of the Churches in Latin America. He also serves as the National Coordinator for Church Multiplication in the United States.

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