Great Plains Daily Devotional for 2/28/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Brewster UMC
Hays District
Colby UMC
Hays District
Downs UMC
Hays District
Bison UMC
Ellis, KS UMC
La Crosse UMC
Hays District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)

Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. Just then a man from the crowd shouted, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child. Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astounded at the greatness of God.

 

Today's Devotional

Peter, John and James are witness to an extraordinary moment in Jesus life but in history as well.  We have a strong need to commemorate moments in history in concrete ways, so its no surprise that Peter wants to make a physical monument to this moment. But at that mere suggestion a voice from the heavens comes and after speaking the encounter is over.  

How do you imagine the voice in your own head? Is it supplied by a famous actor? How would you describe it?
The scripture says they didn't speak of it, and were silent about this moment.  Why do you think that was?

On the very next day Jesus is confronted by a father with a sick child. Jesus seems more than a little annoyed with this request.  Why do you think that is?
Is it because of the fathers lack in faith that one of the disciples could do the healing? Do you think there are other reasons that Jesus would be aggravated?

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