We often forget that there is another reality out there. We’re so engrossed in this reality, the reality of time and space, that we forget about God’s spiritual reality. I’ve already heard most of the reasons why this is so. The biggest reason is we’re so busy doing our own thing in this life that God’s reality doesn’t come to mind. As a matter of fact, God’s spiritual reality takes a back seat to this reality. "We’re supposed to be deeply involved in this life. Everybody knows that."
And then we have those in our world who don’t believe in the existence of the spiritual world at all. It can’t be proved to exist by modern scientific methods of inquiry, so it doesn’t exist. The only reality that does exist is our reality of time and space.
That, of course, isn’t true. There is a spiritual reality that does exist. Spiritual beings such as angels and demons do exist. The souls of human beings continue to exist after death, and they exist in spiritual places such as heaven or hell. Now, of course, I can’t prove that by using a microscope or by conducting some chemical experiment. But just because I can’t, doesn’t mean that there is no such thing as a spiritual reality. We have God’s word, which tells us that the spiritual world exists.
Our text is a good example that the spiritual world exists. Jesus is talking to Moses and Elijah. We know that they ceased to exist on this earth years and years ago. Where did they go so that Jesus was able to converse with them? It has to be that their spirits went to heaven, where they now exist. This event in our text attests to the existence of heaven and the spiritual world.
We all are going to enter into the spiritual world when we die. That’s where we go. Just like Moses and Elijah entered that world, so will we. And what we do in this reality of time and space will determine our place in the spiritual world. If we believe in Jesus Christ and live for Him, we will enter God’s spiritual kingdom.
It makes sense to turn our attention to the spiritual world. Often times, we need a timeout from our reality of time and space. That’s what happened in our text. Jesus took Peter, John and James to a place on a mountain where He was transfigured before them. A great white light shone as Jesus took on a spiritual form and began to converse with Elijah and Moses. The three disciples got a glimpse of the spiritual world. They were absorbed into a different reality for a few moments. I’m sure it was a nice break for them from our reality of time and space.
I believe we all need a break from time to time. We need time to clear our heads and get out from under the stress of this life. Where can we go? How about to God? How about turning our attention to God’s spiritual kingdom?
I know we sometimes let our minds wonder. We get caught up in daydreaming from time to time. It’s a way for us to escape this reality. There is nothing wrong with letting our minds wonder or daydream. It can be good for us. But I would encourage us to let our minds wonder into the spiritual world as well. It’s an excellent break from all the stress in this life. Let’s get caught up in what it might be like for us in heaven. Let’s devote more of our daydream time to God’s kingdom.
The one thing about daydreaming about the kingdom of God is that someday we’ll find ourselves in that reality. When we daydream about earthly things, we’re not sure if our dreams will ever come to pass. That’s how daydreaming about God’s kingdom and earthly things significantly differs. Our dreams about God’s kingdom will come to pass because God promises us a blissful spiritual reality in His word.
Another way to get in touch with God’s spiritual reality and escape our reality of time and space is by worshipping the Lord on Sundays. We can leave all of our cares and worries at the door and become absorbed in God’s world here where He gives us a foretaste of His spiritual kingdom to come. This is where we can get closer to God’s spiritual reality.
Worshipping the Lord takes our minds off of every day life. It allows us to become refreshed. It recharges our batteries so that we can face life for another week. We all need a break from our reality of time and space. Why do you think we need to sleep every day? It’s because our brains need a timeout from consciousness, from all the stress of daily life. A person will go crazy and eventually die if he is forced to stay awake and is allowed no sleep whatsoever.
We need to focus our minds on the spiritual so that we don’t go insane. God’s house offers us a peace of mind. I would encourage us to take advantage of what God gives us. We’re given a glimpse into God’s spiritual reality just like Peter, James, and John were on that day Jesus took them up the mountain and was transfigured before them.
When Jesus was transfigured before His disciples, it was for their benefit that He did so. He wanted to give them a taste of heaven and what it would be like. He wanted to take their minds off this reality. He wanted to give them something to look forward to, to assure them that they wouldn’t be stuck in our reality of time and space forever. So it was for the total benefit of the disciples that Jesus was transfigured before His disciples.
It is for our benefit that the transfiguration of Jesus has been recorded in our text. The same thing that Jesus wanted to do for His disciples He wants to do for us as well. The transfiguration of Jesus offers hope to each of us. Our text for today is not just a story to fill the pages of Luke’s gospel. It’s not a story that applied just to the disciples. It’s all meant for us as well.
You see, someday we are going to be transfigured, too. As we enter heaven, we will shed this body of ours and shine like the stars of heaven. We too will become radiant. This is what I was referring to when I said Jesus wants to give us something to look forward to. We have this wonderful transformation in store for us.
The reason we are guaranteed such a transformation is because of what Jesus did for us. If He hadn’t gone to the cross for us and risen from the dead, there would be no transformation to look forward to. We wouldn’t become bright as the stars. Instead, we would be laid to rest in the ground without the hope of ever rising from the dead. But praise God that we don’t have to contemplate that. We will live forever.
I hope that these words give us great joy. When we feel down and that this reality of time and space is the only reality, think of Jesus’ transfiguration and what that means for us. We won’t be here forever. We’re going to a spiritual reality far better and greater than this reality. We’re going to be changed. I pray that this will keep us going from day to day.
I pray that we don’t become too attached to this reality but tune in to the spiritual reality of God. This isn’t the only reality there is even though we live as if it is. I pray that God would help us in our struggle to break free from this reality in our thinking and doing. This reality isn’t going to last. I’ve said many times before that it doesn’t make sense to set all our hopes in something that won’t last. Jesus said it many times and told His disciples to hope in His kingdom, which will never end. He confirmed that in His transfiguration and conversation with Moses and Elijah, who had left this earth many years prior. They were still alive in Jesus’ kingdom. We, too, will live. May that bring us joy in our reality of time and space, which won’t last forever.