This is not the time for containment

In the UK we are stepping out today on what is called ‘Freedom Day’. I am not sure what this is going to mean as we step put from certain restrictions. But I do know many of us are cautiously making small steps to do so.

However, the gospel for every person, the experience of God, the outpouring of His Spirit, this day of mission, this cannot ever be cautious. We must make the most of every opportunity. This is not the time for enjoying our own experience of God. No. This is the time for movement.

“Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (Matthew 17 v 3-4)

Peter wanted to prolong what God was wanting to conclude.

Moses and Elijah, the Law and the Prophets, had been speaking to Jesus about his suffering and death (according to Luke) and now they began to leave.

Peter doesn’t know what he is saying. He hasn’t understood the whole experience.

But Peter did understand more than perhaps we do.

The Transfiguration took place many believe during Sukkoth, the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths. This festival celebrates all that God did for His people during the wilderness years. During this week long ceremony the Jews live in temporary shelters or booths. Attached to the feast are 2 further ceremonies, the water and the illumination. The water ceremony celebrating God’s provision in the wilderness and the illumination ceremony focuses on His presence as a pillar of fire by night. Sukkoth celebrates what will be the last great prophetic event when the Messiah comes to earth and establishes His kingdom in God’s land. They are on the mountain with Sukkoth in their minds. So when Peter suggested building the 3 shelters he was declaring: “I get it! THIS IS IT!”

The message came back which is still the same today, the kingdom is here but it is to come.

Peter wanted more on the mountain. God wanted more down the mountain.

Your life is off the mountain. That is where God is sending you.

We haven’t arrived yet! Don’t contain what you know. Others are waiting to hear.

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