But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”
In the story of the transfiguration, it seems Jesus’ disciples wanted to stay on the mountain because they felt good about what was happening.
The disciples wished that time could freeze and they could keep treasuring that beautiful moment of close fellowship with the Master and the saints Far away from all the busyness, sickness, conflict, worry, and trouble in the world.
I’m sure we can all relate.
But Jesus said to them, “Get up,” and “Don’t be afraid.”
He says, “Get up,” because neither the world nor we can stand still. And the changes we experience, whether internal and external, mental and physical are unavoidable.
And He says, “Don’t be afraid,” because the changes we experience are ultimately for our good. And nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).
This Advent as we await our Lord, and as we await a new year full of unknowns, let us not desire the status quo…rather let us get up and charge forward unafraid, knowing that God will never leave nor forsake us.
Prayer: Faithful God, with your pardon for sin and a peace that endures…and your own presence to cheer and to guide, grant us strength for the rest of this year and bright hope for next year. Amen