Today's Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; (2 Peter 1:19)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Do you ever wish YOU could see what Peter saw? We do. We wish we could see miracles and a shining Jesus and all those things. Then faith wouldn't be so hard. Then we'd really believe! But you CAN see it! Peter says it's there in the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures. What was written down by the Apostles and prophets was confirmed on the mountain when Peter stood there with the shining, transfigured Jesus.
What Peter means is that we don't have to go to a mountain somewhere to see Christ. We can go to His Word. In His Word, Christ shows Himself to us. In His Word, He reveals Himself as true God and man who has died and risen for our sins. In His Word, He reveals Himself as the Son of God who has come to us to save us. It's all there in His Word.
Our problem is we don't want to look in the Word. Bible study? Catechism? We learned all that stuff all ready. We don't need to hear it again. Give me a faith I can feel and see!
Repent! That's not how the Lord comes to us, and it's not where He is. Peter teaches us that He comes to us in His Word that has been confirmed by Peter and the other eyewitnesses who saw His glory.
So there it is. In His Word, the light shines in a dark place. We are surrounded by the darkness of sin and death in a world that doesn't know its Creator and is growing ever darker in sin and selfishness. Into that darkness, Christ's light shines through His Word, especially in His Church where the Holy Scriptures are read and preached and taught, and it's in your own life as you read and study the Scriptures to lighten the darkness in the world. In His Word, in the Bible, Jesus comes to us and brings with Him the light of His glory and salvation. It's all there in the word of His eyewitnesses, written down for you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
The Church from You, dear Master, Received the gift divine; And still that light is lifted O'er all the earth to shine. It is the chart and compass That, all life's voyage through, 'Mid mists and rocks and quicksands Still guides, O Christ, to You. (O Word of God Incarnate, LSB 523:2)