Pastor Tim

Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light (Matthew 17:1-2).
How can you tell if someone has been in the sun? The obvious answer is sunburn. A person who is in the sun day after day gets more and more tan. When I was a little boy, I lived at the swimming pool and the sun bleached my hair to a washed out blond color. The sun will fade the siding on houses and even the fabric on furniture. The sun will make plastic brittle. My point is that the sun affects things. You can’t be in it for very long without its effects being obvious.
In fact, the lack of being in the sun becomes evident too. Pale white skin is the most obvious side effect. Depression is a known outcome of sun deprivation. Ever wonder why you can find an espresso stand on every corner of major streets in the state of Washington? It rains all winter. People need a jolt of something due to the lack of sun.
It is the same with God’s Son, Jesus Christ. You can tell if people have been in the Son day after day. It shows in their attitude. It shows in their level of peace and joy. It shows in their demeanor and words. It shows in their priorities and worship. It shows in their giving of time, talents and money. In fact, you can’t be in the presence of the Son without its effects becoming obvious.
The opposite is true as well. Those who lack being with Jesus are far less joyful and experience less peace. It shows in their attitudes, demeanor, words, priorities and lack of worship. It shows in their lack of giving. Their lack of Son becomes quite evident.
The above text talks about some of the disciples being in Jesus’ presence as He was transfigured. His face shown like the sun and His garments became as white as light. They were literally illumined in regard to whom Jesus was. Could you see the effects of the Son’s presence on the disciples? I think it is safe to say that our church exists because of it.
Like Peter, James and John, will you head up to a high mountain to spend time in the presence of the Son? Do you have a high mountain? Where can you go and be alone with Jesus? Go there and refresh yourself by reading through the Gospels. Meet Jesus anew. Seek to understand His heart. Seek to learn His ways and attitude. Look for Him and listen to Him. I guarantee you that it will show.
You might experience a sonburn at first but continued exposure will produce a nice Jewish tan. Who knows, your hair may even change colors or grow back or something. Okay, I’ll stop. But you will experience some great changes and others will be able to see the changes. Oh, and you will be illumined and blessed.
It’s summer. Let the Son shine on you.
No Sunscreen Needed,
Pastor Tim