Every day we venture out into the world and we look to all sorts of things to help us, guide us, change us and make us happy. The latest infomercial expert is going to transform your body in just twenty minutes a day. Dr. Phil is going to sort out all your inner struggles and heal your pain in one sixty minute segment. If it doesn’t happen, tune in again tomorrow. Or you could grab the latest Samsung Galaxy 267 at your local Verizon dealer and watch your social life improve exponentially. It all seems quite easy, but we know it really isn’t. We look to this one and that thing to give us life, but there is really only one who can.
There is a crazy story in the gospels in which three of Jesus disciples go up on a mountain with him. You can find the story in Matthew 17:1-13, Mark 9:2-13 and Luke 9:28-36. On this mountain, the Bible says that Jesus was transfigured. His face shone like the sun and his clothes were lit up a dazzling white. Then, Moses and Elijah show up and talk with Jesus. In case your Bible timeline isn’t functioning, those guys have been dead for a long, long time. Then, the story goes one more level of strange when a cloud appears, descends over them and a voice booms from the cloud, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” And then, suddenly, it was over and the only one with the disciples was Jesus. I told you it was a crazy story, but a very important one.
The Old Testament was the totality of God’s Word at the time. It was often referred to as the law and the prophets. Moses was the great law giver and Elijah was the great prophet. They were the rock stars of the Old Testament. They show up on this mountain to pass the torch to Jesus. The old covenant was giving way to the new covenant that was shortly going to be written in the blood of Jesus Christ. God the Father identifies Jesus and says, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” The stage clears and the only one left is Jesus with the spot light on him. It wasn’t about Moses any more. It wasn’t about Elijah. Jesus is the One. Jesus is God’s Son. Jesus is the one who makes the way to God. Jesus is the one we follow.
Most of us that believe in Jesus Christ would readily agree. Amen! Jesus is the One. However, our verbal agreement means nothing unless our lives come into agreement that Jesus is the One. Would you press on into this new week with the intention of living as if Jesus really is the One…the only One? How would your life look different if that conviction defined you? If you believed that…
Jesus is the One that can heal whatever wounds you carry.
Jesus is the One that can empower you to resist sin when temptation comes.
Jesus is the One that can forgive you when you fall short.
Jesus is the One that frees you from whatever chains bind you.
Jesus is the One that can guide and counsel you.
Jesus is the One who gives you life.
Jesus is the One.