The Gospel of Luke: a commentary & meditation  
"They were astonished at the majesty of God"

 Scripture:  Luke 9:43-45

43 And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all marveling at everything he did, he said to  his disciples, 44 "Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men." 45 But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

Meditation: Do you know the majesty of God?  When we ascribe majesty to someone, we acknowledge greatness in that person, and voice our respect for it.  The miracles of Jesus revealed the majesty of God and displayed his grace and favor, especially towards the lowly. But with the miracles Jesus also gave a prophetic warning: There can be no share in God's glory without the cross.  Jesus prophesied his own betrayal and crucifixion.  But it did not make any sense to the disciples because it did not fit their understanding of the Messiah.  And they were afraid to ask further questions.  Like a person who might receive a bad verdict from the doctor and then refuse to ask further questions, they, too, didn't want to know any more.   How often do we reject what we do not wish to see?  We have heard God's word and we know the consequences of accepting it or rejecting it.  But do we give it our full allegiance and mold our lives according to it?  Ask the Lord to show you his majesty that you may grow in reverence of him and in godly fear of his word.

"Lord, by your cross you have redeemed the world and revealed your glory and triumph over sin and death. May I never fail to see your glory and victory in the cross.  Help me to conform my life to your will and to follow in your way of holiness."

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