With My Own Eyes! – Week of February 20, 2023
For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
2 Peter 1:16-17
ECME Devotion February 20, 2023
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An eye-witness account counts for something. If you are sitting in a courtroom, you better believe that the jury and the judge want to hear from people who saw and heard the crime with their own eyes and ears.
If a group of students come running over to you at recess shouting about something that just happened, you are most likely inclined to want to hear from the people who actually saw what occurred before listening to hearsay.
An eye-witness account counts for something and that is one of the greatest blessings of God’s Word. It is full of eye-witness accounts.
I wish I could have been there for so many parts of the Bible. I mean, just think of the Jericho walls tumbling down, or the sky filled with stars as Abraham looks up at a promise from God, or the mouths of lions shut while Daniel stood right in front of them. To have seen these things, firsthand, would surely have been something to proclaim about.
I suppose one of the most unbelievable sights to see would have been Jesus’ Transfiguration. The definition of the word “Transfiguration” is a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state. That is exactly what happened to Jesus “when he led Peter, James, and John up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” Matthew 17:1
In our verses for today, Peter is explaining that while this sounds unbelievable, it is most certainly true. He saw it happen with his own eyes. How gracious is God to give us a compilation of eye-witnesses to his miracles, his promises given and kept, his holy and perfect life. I wish I would have seen it with my own eyes, but I am grateful that so many others did and were inspired to record what they had seen and heard.
Dear God, thank you for giving us your Word. Forgive us when we fall out of the habit of being in your Word daily. Put in us a desire to read it and know that it is true. Amen.
A Question to Consider:
Make a list of your top five accounts of the Bible that you would have loved to see firsthand.