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 In Due Time We Shall Reap

It was Peter, James and John that went up the mountain with Jesus. They were overwhelmed by what they saw and heard that day. It was awesome in every since of the word. We use the word "awesome" a lot. Even about things that are not awesome; like a football game or a movie or a car. But those things are not awesome. They might be interesting or exciting or even surprising. But here is awesome:

"Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was  transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, 'Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.' While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, 'This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!' When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. And
Jesus came to them and touched them and said, 'Get up, and do not be afraid.' And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone." (Matthew 17:1-8).

Now, why did these three men fall on the ground like that? Was it because they had the utmost respect for Jesus as believers? No! Now, they did have this great reverence for God's Son, but that is not why they reacted to the event by falling to the ground. Anyone would have reacted in a similar way. Suppose it had not been Peter, James and John with Jesus, but rather Herod, or Pilate, or even Caesar. Would these ungodly men have felt no awe? I suggest they would have been overcome with awe and with terror as well.

Likewise, there will be nothing but awe when we see the glorified Son of God at the last moment of this universe's existence. This awe will not fill the hearts of only believers and disciples, but also the unbeliever, the doubter, the hypocrite, the blasphemer, the mocker. There will be no "tough guys" that day! There will be awe and terror on the part of some, and awe and joy on the part of others. But there will be awe in everyone. Let Jesus be
your Lord and Savior. Let that final moment be one of victory. Obey His gospel and live for Him each day. Never give up. Your eternal blessings are waiting.

"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary." (Galatians 6:7-9)

By  Jon W. Quinn
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From Expository Files 10.4; April 2003