He’s Not Safe, But He’s Good

“We want a light, frothy, chipper God. But He’s not like that,” my pastor said in his message Sunday.

The passage he covered is found in Matthew 17:1-6:

“Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. 2 As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.

4 Peter exclaimed, ‘Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials[a]—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’

5 But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.’ 6 The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.”

A true mountaintop experience. Peter talks about setting up tents for the arrivals probably because he didn’t know what else to say. Then God the Father speaks. And just like ring-around-the-rosey, all fall down.

Except Jesus.

That is because He is God. I cannot attempt to describe His power and Might and Compassion and Holiness because they are infinite.

He’s not to be trifled with.

And He hates sin. That is why He came to earth–to die for our sins.

What is sin?

Most have labeled sin as a mistake, or misjudgment, or eve an addiction.

But the bottom line is, sin is whatever our Creator says it is and He’s pretty clear about what is right and what is wrong in the Bible.

When we die–not if–we will stand before our Creator, Jesus Christ, and we won’t be able to compare ourselves to our neighbor, or the movie theatre shooter, or a drug dealer.

We will be compared to the Holy Son of God. And we will be found wanting.

Unless we believe the cross. Unless we trust the cross. Unless we take up our cross.

When the character Aslan, in the book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is described, Lucy asks the Beaver if Aslan is safe.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Jesus is the King. He is Who He is and what we think about Him doesn’t change Him.

But it does determine our eternal destiny.

Where are you going when you die?



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