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Transformed by God’s Light

February 5, 2018

God shines forth.” Psalm 50: 2

When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant.” (Exodus 34:30)

For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)

I recently read an account written by a medical doctor of her near death experience. Her story, like countless other first-hand accounts of heaven, described the brilliant radiance of heaven. The surround light and radiance of God is the subject of the Scripture texts this week.[1]

Long before the gospel accounts of Peter, James, and John’s experience with Jesus’ transfiguration, Old Testament heroes of faith and prophets reflected heaven’s light in their experiences. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai carrying the stone tablets with the law, he didn’t realize that “his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant.” (Exodus 34:29-30). And Elijah, like Christ after his Resurrection, was taken up to heaven and appeared with Jesus at the Transfiguration: “As they [Elijah and Elisha] were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.” (2 Kings 2:11)

When Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him to the mountain and became transfigured there into a gleaming figure, he met with Elijah and Moses: “There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking to Jesus.” (Mark 9: 2-9)

All of these events occurred on earth and were witnessed and recorded. The miracle of the Transfiguration is unique in that it happened to Jesus.   These events give us a glimpse of heaven. We are privileged to peek behind the curtain to see what lies beyond. These accounts provide visuals of the transforming power of God’s light. But the wonderful truth is that we do not need to wait until we see Jesus face-to-face to experience God’s radiance. It is available to us on a daily basis through our interaction with the Holy Spirit.

Have you ever spoken to someone whose countenance reflected a Christ-like radiance? The Holy Spirit shines through pure hearts to reflect God’s love and joy to those around such a person. You can see it in the person’s eyes, mouth, and body language—which is warm, understanding, and welcoming instead of cold, judgmental, and distant. When we are transformed by the light of the Holy Spirit, we are like a light shining in the darkness.   We get to that place when we maintain on-going conversations with God, and invite the Holy Spirit into every part of our being. There is no room for ill-will and a judgmental attitude when the Holy Spirit inhabits your soul. Dr. Bill Creasy says that if the Holy Spirit lives in you, you can be assured that he will not be roommates with a demon—he will “kick his butt out!”

Bitterness, anger, animosity, hostility, and hatred cannot take hold when God fills every cell of your body.  Ask him to send his Spirit to shine his light from within so that you are transformed from the inside out.  Ask God for the light that shines from within so that you can reflect “God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6b).

Diane Cieslikowski Reagan

[1] The Scripture texts for Transfiguration Sunday are 2 Kings 2: 1-12; Exodus 34: 29-35; Psalm 50; 2 Corinthians 3: 12-18; 2 Corinthians 4: 1-6; Mark 9: 2-9.

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