TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
(07 February 2016)
Deut 34:1–12; Ps. 99:1-9; Heb 3:1–6; Luke 9:28–36
The Glory of God Is Manifested in the Body of Christ
“Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant,” but Christ Jesus “has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses” (Heb. 3:3, 5). A beloved and well-pleasing Son, faithful even to the point of death, Jesus’ own body was raised up on the third day as the house of God, and He has brought us into that house through the waters of Holy Baptism (Heb. 3:6). Thus, it was not Moses the lawgiver, but his successor, Joshua (the Hebrew name for Jesus), who led the people into the promised land (Deut. 34:1–4, 9). Now, on the Mount of Transfiguration, the New Testament Joshua appears in the glory that He is about to manifest by His “departure” (exodus) in Jerusalem (Luke 9:31). Having entered the waters of the Jordan in His Baptism, He passed through those waters and entered into glory by His Cross and Passion. What He thereby accomplished in His own flesh and blood, crucified and risen, He reveals and gives to His Body, the Church, by the means of His Word. Therefore, the Father declares from heaven, “Listen to Him!” (Luke 9:35).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): The Transfiguration – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2016-Feb-01)
Lectionary Podcast - Transfiguration of Our Lord - Series C - Luke 9:28-36 with Dr. Peter Scaer
Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Transfiguration of Our Lord
28 Ἐγένετο δὲ μετὰ τοὺς λόγους τούτους ὡσεὶ ἡμέραι ὀκτὼ καὶ παραλαβὼν Πέτρον καὶ Ἰωάννην καὶ Ἰάκωβον ἀνέβη εἰς τὸ ὄρος προσεύξασθαι.
29 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ προσεύχεσθαι αὐτὸν τὸ εἶδος τοῦ προσώπου αὐτοῦ ἕτερον καὶ ὁ ἱματισμὸς αὐτοῦ λευκὸς ἐξαστράπτων.
30 καὶ ἰδοὺ ἄνδρες δύο συνελάλουν αὐτῷ, οἵτινες ἦσαν Μωϋσῆς καὶ Ἠλίας,
31 οἳ ὀφθέντες ἐν δόξῃ ἔλεγον τὴν ἔξοδον αὐτοῦ ἣν ἤμελλεν πληροῦν ἐν Ἰερουσαλήμ.
32 ὁ δὲ Πέτρος καὶ οἱ σὺν αὐτῷ ἦσαν βεβαρημένοι ὕπνῳ· διαγρηγορήσαντες δὲ εἶδον τὴν δόξαν αὐτοῦ καὶ τοὺς δύο ἄνδρας τοὺς συνεστῶτας αὐτῷ.
33 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ διαχωρίζεσθαι αὐτοὺς ἀπʼ αὐτοῦ εἶπεν ὁ Πέτρος πρὸς τὸν Ἰησοῦν· Ἐπιστάτα, καλόν ἐστιν ἡμᾶς ὧδε εἶναι, καὶ ποιήσωμεν σκηνὰς τρεῖς, μίαν σοὶ καὶ μίαν Μωϋσεῖ καὶ μίαν Ἠλίᾳ, μὴ εἰδὼς ὃ λέγει.
34 ταῦτα δὲ αὐτοῦ λέγοντος ἐγένετο νεφέλη καὶ ἐπεσκίαζεν αὐτούς· ἐφοβήθησαν δὲ ἐν τῷ εἰσελθεῖν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὴν νεφέλην.
35 καὶ φωνὴ ἐγένετο ἐκ τῆς νεφέλης λέγουσα· Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ υἱός μου ὁ ἐκλελεγμένος, αὐτοῦ ἀκούετε.
36 καὶ ἐν τῷ γενέσθαι τὴν φωνὴν εὑρέθη Ἰησοῦς μόνος. καὶ αὐτοὶ ἐσίγησαν καὶ οὐδενὶ ἀπήγγειλαν ἐν ἐκείναις ταῖς ἡμέραις οὐδὲν ὧν ἑώρακαν.
28 And it came to pass, after these words, as it were eight days, that having taken Peter, and John, and James, he went up to the mountain to pray,
29 and it came to pass, in his praying, the appearance of his face became altered, and his garment white—sparkling.
30 And lo, two men were speaking together with him, who were Moses and Elijah,
31 who having appeared in glory, spake of his outgoing that he was about to fulfill in Jerusalem,
32 but Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep, and having waked, they saw his glory, and the two men standing with him.
33 And it came to pass, in their parting from him, Peter said unto Jesus, ‘Master, it is good to us to be here; and we may make three booths, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah,’ not knowing what he saith:
34 and as he was speaking these things, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them, and they feared in their entering into the cloud,
35 and a voice came out of the cloud saying, ‘This is My Son—the Beloved; hear ye him;’
36 and when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone; and they were silent, and declared to no one in those days anything of what they have seen.
They go together because God speaks both words, Law and Gospel, and the Gospel without the Law is not the Gospel, and the Law without the Gospel does nothing but kill. So what do we do? We proclaim both. It’s not a balance of the two. Don’t let anyone tell you that Lutheran theology is characterized by its balance of Law and Gospel. The two don’t balance one another. The Law speaks and kills the Old Man dead. The Gospel raises up a New Man. It’s not a balance. Both speak their full word. Or they should, every time a man steps into the pulpit. Every time God’s Word is opened the Old Man is killed by the Law and the New Man raised up in Jesus Christ solely by the Gospel. That’s not balance, that’s God’s Word. That’s not trying to find the right mix of Law and Gospel. That is letting the Law speak its full word until it’s done, and when it’s done, you’ll know it’s done because you’ll be dead. And then letting the Gospel speak an answer to that Law, an answer that is the perfect life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for you. And you’ll know that’s spoken when it sounds too good to be true.
— Pr. Todd Wilken, “Gospel Reductionism” on Issues, Etc.
(http://issuesetc.org/2009/03/25/gospel-reductionism/ , start 24:46)
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If your preacher isn't following these steps in sermon prep, you are being short-changed.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, explains sermon prep to those preparing to preach. (These are 11 parts of a larger homiletics series.)
Sermon Preparation - Introduction:
Sermon Preparation - System of Exegesis:
Sermon Preparation - Biblical Context of a Passage:
Sermon Preparation - Isogogical Importance:
Sermon Preparation - Sources of Isogogical Information:
Sermon Preparation - Breaking Down the Text's Verses:
Sermon Preparation - Approaching the Language of the Text:
Sermon Preparation - Exegesis with Little or No Greek:
Sermon Preparation - The Writings of Others:
Sermon Preparation - Six Steps of Preparation:
Sermon Preparation - Time Frame of the Six Steps:
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Part 2: Visitation (mp3, 57m 20s, 23.1 MB, 2013-Feb-25)
Part 3: Admonition to Holy Living (mp3, 57m 20s, 23.1 MB, 2013-Feb-27)
Part 4: Study of Scripture and the Confessions, Prayer (mp3, 57m 50s, 23.3 MB, 2013-Mar-06)
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