Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Suddenly, when they looked around, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus with them. —Mark 9:8
Peter, James, and John had watched as Jesus was transfigured before their eyes. Not only that, but Moses and Elijah appeared, and Jesus had a conversation with them. But Moses and Elijah were gone now. And when it was all over, there stood Jesus, reminding us that is who we need.
We don’t need Jesus and the Law, because Jesus fulfilled all of it. We don’t need Jesus and the sacraments. We don’t even need Jesus and good works. If you really know Jesus, however, good works will follow. Works don’t save a person, but they are a good evidence that a person is saved. If you really are a follower of Christ, there will be results that are evident in your life.
We need Jesus. This is not only true of salvation, but of life in general. When you go through a crisis, here is what you need to know: you need Jesus. Friends will help you. Family will help you. And Jesus can work through family and friends. But sometimes friends will disappoint. And family will let you down. Sometimes the advice that friends will give to try and help will actually cause pain.
People have come to me and said, “I have lost a loved one. Is there a book I should read? Is there someone I should talk to?” There are books that I can recommend and things that I can say. But what I ultimately will say is, “You know what you need right now? You need Jesus. You need to lean into Him. You need to trust in Him. You need to cling to Him. That is what you need.”
Only Jesus will get you through this. Only Jesus can heal a broken heart. Only Jesus can give you the strength to go on.
Summary Sentence: Friends and family can oftentimes help, but there is only One who you need—Jesus!
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