On The Mount
One day Jesus took Peter, James and John to a certain mountain. There on that mountain our Lord was transfigured and in that state Moses and Elijah appeared to Him. ( see Mt. 17:1-8; Mk. 9:2-13; Lk. 9:28-36) The three of them, Jesus, Moses and Elijah were discussing Christ's, “departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem .” (Lk. 9:31)
Why was it that of all the Old Testament saints Moses and Elijah were the ones who appeared to Christ on the Mount? It was undoubtedly because those two men and what they represent had a major role in bringing events to that moment in salvation history. In the New Testament the Old Testament is often referred to as the Law and the Prophets. It is Moses who represents the Law and Elijah who symbolizes the Prophets. Christ Himself is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.
When we think of Moses and the Law there are three events that come to mind. The first is Passover. Moses was sent by God to deliver a captive people. At the first Passover a lamb was slain and its blood applied to the doorposts to prevent the death angel from destroying any within the house. Christ came to be the final Passover lamb who would be slain to free us from death.
A second event associated with Moses was the Exodus. At the Red Sea an undefeatable tyrant was defeated by God and an uncrossable barrier was divided by the Lord. Christ is the ultimate deliverer of the captive, freeing us from Satan and sin.
The third major event took place on Mt. Sinai as Moses ascended that mountain of smoke and fire. On his return he brought God's Law which reveals God's holy character and standards. The Law reveals to us our true condition and our need of a Savior. The grace of Christ goes beyond and fulfills the Law. “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth comes through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.” (John 1:17,18) In Christ we see a greater truth about God; revealed is His incomprehensible love and grace.
Elijah, although he left no writings, was always considered to be the preeminent prophet of the Old Testament. The prophets spoke for God calling upon the people to keep the covenant and appealing to them to repent of sin and have faith in God.
Without a doubt the most memorable event in the ministry of Elijah occurred on Mount Carmel . Elijah issued a bold challenge to King Ahab, Queen Jezebel and the prophets of Baal. On Mount Carmel the false prophets called upon Baal to consume their offering with fire; there was no answer. Elijah prayed to the Lord and his offering was immediately consumed in blazing flames revealing the presence and power of God. Christ is the ultimate prophet; a voice from God. His life was a challenge to Satan and all the powers of evil. And Christ won a much greater victory on another hill, Mount Calvary .
Shortly before Christ's path turned toward Jerusalem for the final time He met and talked with Moses and Elijah, the two men who best represent the Old Testament and the long history of God's plan of redemption. There on the Mount of Transfiguration Christ was preparing Himself for the coming events which would complete God's plan of salvation.
By Rev. F. M. Levi
VBS, A Huge Success!
God's All*Star Champions Trained To Win God's Way! The power of God was felt throughout the week of VBS, June 28 –July 2 nd . There were 52 children attending from 3 yrs. to 6 th grade. The children raised $370.33 (with donations over $400.00) for the “Children Helping Children” Mission Project to purchase Bibles for orphans in India and Asia . We thank our Very Exciting Bible School staff this year for serving the Lord in this life changing way.
Barb Smith, Soccer Coach
Missionary of The Month
Rev. & Mrs. Gerhard Meyer (Grace) Esther, Melody, Jessica, Joy. Youth/Camp/Pastoral Ministries. Schwarzenborn , Germany .
ST. ANDREW'S PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, August 29, 2004, 2:00 – 4:00, school begins September 7 th . Register today!
New Mission Starting
St. Paul 's Mission will hold its first service Sunday evening, August 8, 2004 in Barrington , IL . Do be in prayer for this new work.
Sunday School Rally Day & Picnic
September 12, 2004 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Classes for all ages. Picnic following church. Invite others to come with you to Sunday School this year.
Logan James Sellers, the infant son of Adam & Lisa Sellers, was baptized at St. Andrew's on Sunday, July 11, 2004. We thank God for this young life and pray for his continued spiritual development.
Sonia Stiklius was formally received into membership in this parish on Sunday, July 11, 2004. We thank Sunny for her commitment to the church and pledge to her our support.
Thank you to those who have sent in pledge cards. Your support of St. Andrew's is sincerely appreciated.
Shield of FaithWJYS channel 62 in Chicago , 9:00 a.m. Thursday mornings. There will be a special round table discussion with area ministers on August 5, 2004. Do be in prayer for this television ministry of St. Andrew's. DVD or VHS copies of the programs are available by contacting the church office.