Lent Devotions: Day 35
Read: 2 Peter 1:16-21
We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven,
while we were with him on the holy mountain. (v. 18)
I was once called to be a witness in a legal proceeding. My friend was accused of a crime, and when the authorities learned I had seen the incident they called me in, sat me down, and questioned me. I was called upon because I knew what had happened.
Peter and the rest of the apostles had witnessed tremendous events. They heard God the Father give Jesus honor and glory both at at his baptism and on the mount of Transfiguration. Peter was there when Jesus healed the lame, cast out demons, and calmed the sea. The disciples heard Jesus’ teachings about the kingdom of God and saw his life, death, and resurrection as the fulfillment of what God had promised long ago. After Jesus’ ascension, Peter was compelled to testify to what he had seen. He witnessed Jesus Christ and then was called upon to be a witness for Jesus Christ because he knew all that had happened.
Like Peter, we are called upon to bear witness. Peter’s testimony to the risen Christ is like a “lamp shining in a dark place” to which we “will do well to be attentive” (v. 19). We remember Christ’s journey to the cross. It is not myth or false witness, but the truth of the gospel. Christ has died, Christ is risen and Christ will come again. —Stephen Shaffer
Prayer: Lord, embolden me to bear witness to Jesus Christ.