(Day Twenty) Daily Lenten Devotional
Thursday, March 23rd (Day Twenty)
Discerning the Effect of the Lord’s Sacrifice on Your Life
Jesus’ Transfiguration, Mark 9:2-13
1. Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving, healing gaze come over you. Offer yourself completely to God.
2. Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.
3. Read Mark 9:2-13 five times very slowly. The first time, simply and reverently read it, allowing God’s word to flow over you. The second time be aware of any verse word, phrase or concept that God is revealing to you as you read. Meditate silently for several minutes what the Lord has given you. During the third reading allow a prayer to formulate in your heart and offer that prayer to God. As the Scripture is read a fourth time, allow yourself to be drawn into the biblical scene as if you are living it right now. Be aware of any physical sensations, thoughts, or emotions that may arise. Journal your experience in detail. The fifth and final reading should be a reading of unknowing. Simply rest in the mystery of God’s presence and God’s Word, peacefully and with great joy.
4. Journal important aspects of the entire experience.
Read the following. You may use it as a guide or just food for thought:
I am ascending the mountain with Jesus, Peter, James and John. I feel a charge in the air. I stand with the other four for what seems like quite a while. As I look at Jesus he has his eyes closed and appears to me as if he is waiting and listening for something. As I watch Jesus I remember several important times in my life when I took a similar waiting and listening posture, as if knowing something big was about to happen; such as just before receiving Jesus as my Savior, before going back to church with earnest, my Emmaus Walk, becoming a youth pastor, going back to college, and seminary. Before writing my first book, or being appointed to my first church, then my second church, and now currently—listening and waiting. Then before my very eyes Jesus became pure shining light. Two others appeared; Moses and Elijah. While they were conversing Peter got in a frenzy muttering something about building a tent for them. This struck me as quite humorous. Then I felt myself agreeing with Peter, this was a good place to be and I didn’t want to leave it. Then a thick cloud, not ominous in any way, but very thick came over us and I heard, “This is my beloved Son, listen to him!” Then just as quickly everything became as it was, with the four of us standing together. I felt a bit disappointed. We then began to head down the mountain. As we did, I heard Jesus speaking to the others about his death and resurrection. I was walking about 10 feet behind them. I kept hearing the voice in my head that said “…listen to him”, so I did. Now Jesus has slowed down until he is now walking beside me. I asked him, “Lord, what did the voice in the cloud mean?” Jesus then asked me, “Gene, did you see what I was doing just before I was transfigured?” I said, “Yes Lord, it looked as if you were waiting and listening. “ Jesus said to me “Do the same and you will be set ablaze as well.” I said, “Lord what do you mean?” Gene, you and many others have been made aware of heavenly things. Now wait and listen as you follow me, for I am about to do something beyond your imagination. In fact it has already begun. I just kept walking with Jesus at my side, stunned, saying nothing more. Just waiting and listening.