Down and Out
This is Pastor Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, February 7, 2016. The scripture is Luke 9:28-43. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.
This is from The Message:
281 About eight days after saying this, he climbed the mountain to pray, taking Peter, John, and James along. 29While he was in prayer, the appearance of his face changed and his clothes became blinding white. 30At once two men were there talking with him. They turned out to be Moses and Elijah—and what a glorious appearance they made! 31They talked over his exodus, the one Jesus was about to complete in Jerusalem. 32Meanwhile, Peter and those with him were slumped over in sleep. When they came to, rubbing their eyes, they saw Jesus in his glory and the two men standing with him. 33When Moses and Elijah had left, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, this is a great moment! Let’s build three memorials: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He blurted this out without thinking. 34While he was babbling on like this, a light-radiant cloud enveloped them. As they found themselves buried in the cloud, they became deeply aware of God. 35Then there was a voice out of the cloud: “This is my Son, the Chosen! Listen to him.” 36 When the sound of the voice died away, they saw Jesus there alone. They were speechless. And they continued speechless, said not one thing to anyone during those days of what they had seen. 37When they came down off the mountain the next day, a big crowd was there to meet them. 38A man called from out of the crowd, “Please, please, Teacher, take a look at my son. He’s my only child. 39Often a spirit seizes him. Suddenly he’s screaming, thrown into convulsions, his mouth foaming. And then it beats him black-and-blue before it leaves. 40I asked your disciples to deliver him but they couldn’t.” 41 Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring your son here.” 42While he was coming, the demon slammed him to the ground and threw him into convulsions. Jesus stepped in, ordered the vile spirit gone, healed the boy, and handed him back to his father. 43They all shook their heads in wonder, astonished at God’s greatness, God’s majestic greatness.
The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.