Have you ever been wonderfully humbled? When you are in the presence of greatness – true and high greatness, it is exhilarating and humbling at the same time! When you meet someone of great renown for the first time you may have sweaty nervousness and excitement. What will they be like in person? Sometimes we are really impressed, but as the minutes go by you realize they are much more human that you imagined. They may have great strengths, enormous power and high notoriety but they are not God.
The famous and powerful of the past are in the past. They had their day, but it goes away with the passage of time. Our heroes of yesterday are probably not our heroes today. Solomon noticed this too, , “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. Ecc 1:1-6
The Day of Transfiguration was all-together different! Peter, James and John were floored in the presence o Jesus. Faces to the ground they knew they were very high on the mountain and deeply humbled in the presence of glory and power that knew no end and had no limits~“Trembling at his feet we saw, Moses and Elijah speaking. All the prophets and the law. Shout through them their joyful greeting.” LSB 425
This Sunday we will mark the Transfiguration of our Lord and hear again of the astonishing events of Peter, James and John high up and humbled in the presence of Jesus!