Get ready for Exodus, part 2 … Sunday, February 24

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Exodus. Get ready, because it’s coming. Again. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 9:28b-36 is the Gospel reading for today, the second Sunday of Lent. It tells about the transfiguration of Christ, with Peter, James and John there with Him. They witnessed the miracle. Moses and Elijah appeared and talked with Jesus. It must have been very exciting, to be there, to see all of this.  Peter was excited, excited enough to ask Jesus to let them build three booths, one each for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. The scripture also says that Peter didn’t know what he was saying. Sounds like Peter doesn’t it? But in fairness the three apostles had fallen asleep and this is what they saw when they woke up. Peter, like a lot of us, was probably disoriented when he first woke up. I know I don’t make much sense until I’ve moved around a bit and had my tea. I was taught not to pray in the morning until I’d gotten the cobwebs out of my brain. After all, who wants to go to the King and Creator of the Universe and babble incoherently? So we can garner a short but meaningful lesson on prayer right there. But there’s a lot more involved.

Moses and Elijah talked with Jesus about His “exodus” that He was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. It’s interesting that the word “exodus” is used here. Exodus means “a going out; a departure or emigration, usually of a large number of people.” Jesus was going to His crucifixion. But there was more to it than that. He was going to Heaven a little later. See John 20:17. So that was His exodus. But the definition of exodus includes others. “A departure or emigration, usually of a large number of people.” So who else is involved?

Prior to Christ and His making a way into Heaven for us where did people who were right with God when they died go? They couldn’t go to Heaven because the Sacrifice of Christ for their sins hadn’t been made yet. They wouldn’t be sent to hell because they died being faithful to God and right with Him. True, they would go to Purgatory if they needed to but they wouldn’t be held there longer than necessary, so where would they go after Purgatory? They had to go someplace, so where? The place gets called different names by different people. Some call it “Abraham’s bosom” while others call it Limbo. What we call it isn’t as important as realizing that it was there, it was real, and it was full of people waiting for the Sacrifice of Christ so that they COULD go to Heaven. And THIS, taking all these people with Him to Heaven, was a part of His Exodus.

“Wherefore he saith: Ascending on high, he led captivity captive; he gave gifts to men.” Ephesians 4:8.

When Jesus ascended into Heaven He took all these people, people who had up til then been held “captive”, with Him. Can you picture the sight? Can you imagine the joy, both theirs and the joy of the angels in Heaven? It boggles the mind.

Do you think the three with Him that day on the Mount of Transfiguration understood any of this? No, not at that time. All of this was a great mystery. They heard but they didn’t understand. A little like having all the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle but not having the box with the picture on it. You see the pieces but you can’t fathom the whole picture. Yet.

There are a lot of things in this world that we don’t understand. Yet. Sometimes we get all excited and, like Peter, start talking without knowing what we’re really saying. It’s OK to be human. It might as well be OK because we’re going to be human any way. But we really don’t need to worry ourselves about those things we don’t know, that we don’t understand. Again, we’re only human and can’t know or understand it all anyway. Only God knows and understands it all and, well, we ain’t Him. But not to worry or give up hope. All things come in their proper order and at the right time.

“We see now through a glass in a dark manner; but then face to face. Now I know I part; but then I shall know even as I am known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12. All we need to do is wait, faithfully, for our own part in that Exodus of His.

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4 Comments

  1. I am like Peter when I first wake up each day. The first prayer from my lips should be “Sacred Heart of Jesus please keep me far from sin this day”

    • Amen, me too.

  2. Good post as always! I know what you mean about not praying until the “cup of tea” and “cobwebs” out of the brain. I used to pray first thing, then I noticed about the first fifteen minutes were truly the mumbles of me trying to wake up. (Mine is coffee)

    I question everything to “death” though and you are right, “I do not need to worry about what I do not understand.” If God wants me to understand it, it will “come.” Thanks for post and God Bless, SR

    • Everything comes in its proper season. Prayer, understanding, even cobwebs. 🙂


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