April 9, Monday

The AMI QT Devotionals from April 9-15 are provided by Emerson Lin.  Emerson, a graduate of University of California, San Diego, serves as a missionary in E. Asia. He is married to Annie.

Devotional Thoughts for Today

“Confirmed”

Mark 9:2-8

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

Kobe Beef is known all around the world as a very expensive type of beef. It is valued for its fatty flavor, tenderness, and marbled texture. People from all over the world travel to Hyōgo to taste this delicacy. Because Japan takes their Kobe Beef very seriously, each meat has a certificate indicating that it is certified Kobe Beef. Not only do they provide a certificate, but also a cow genealogy to ensure people that the meat they are eating is authentic.

Like the certified delicacy, Jesus’ deity is confirmed twice, not only to His closest disciples, but to us. In this passage, Peter, James, and John climb up a mountain with Jesus. All of a sudden, they stand in awe of Jesus’ transfiguration. Mark describes that Jesus’ clothes became dazzling white—whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. For a short time, the disciples saw a small glimpse of Jesus’ true nature as the Son of God. Their teacher was not simply a prophet that God used, but He was God himself. If that confirmation was not enough, the disciples heard the audible voice of God saying, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

Jesus’ confirmations as the Son of God not only reminded me of His power and authority, but also of His humility. Jesus willingly let go of His glory and perfect intimacy with our Father, so that we may have the opportunity to experience the same glory! This morning, if you have not done so already, let’s give thanks for Jesus’ sacrificial love for us. It is through His sacrifice that we may have this relationship with our Father.

Prayer: Father, thank You so much that you confirmed Jesus’ identity through His transfiguration. Not only did you reveal Jesus’ glory, but You also remind us of His sacrifice for all of humanity. Like the disciples, may we continue to be in awe of you! Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Phil. 1


Lunch Break Study

Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21: So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Questions to Consider:

  1. According to this passage, what do we become when we become “in Christ?”
  2. How is that people’s sin would not be counted against them?
  3. What do we become, now that we have been committed to the message of reconciliation?

Notes:

  1. We become a new creation once we are in Christ!
  2. Jesus gave us the ministry of reconciliation so that people’s sins would not be counted against them.
  3. When we commit to the message of reconciliation, we become Christ’s ambassadors. According to the passage, through us, God is making His appeal of grace to humanity.

Evening Reflection

In light of today’s sharing, what are some practical ways that you can imitate Christ’s humility? What are some obstacles in your life that prevent you from sacrificing for others? Write down a list of these obstacles and ask the Holy Spirit to help you overcome them.

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