Scripture: Luke 9:28-31, 35-36a
Jesus took with him Peter and John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And as He was praying, the appearance of His face was altered, and His clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were talking with Him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in Glory and spoke of His departure, which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem...And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!" And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
It's common for us to talk about what Jesus did to save us in terms of substitution. We say He "took our place." He "carried our cross." Sometimes we use the language of atonement -- we talk about sin and forgiveness, merit and "making up" for the evil we have done.
Exodus means "going out," the name we use in English for the second book of the Bible. It tells the story of how God saw His people suffering as slaves in Egypt, and used Moses to bring them to freedom.
But did you know that the whole Exodus story is a foretelling of the much greater rescue God did for all of us in Jesus' death and resurrection? It's true. There's a reason Jesus suffered, died, and rose at Passover time. There's a reason He is called the "Lamb of God." And there's a reason why Moses and Elijah talked with Him about His departure, His death -- His "exodus" is what the Greek says!
Let's walk together through the second, greater Exodus--through the story of how God Himself came down to rescue the human race from slavery to sin, death, and the devil. Let's wonder at His great love, and celebrate His mercy. Because the God of Exodus is the God of the Gospels, who rescues us and makes us His free people forever.
1. What do you think of when you hear the word "freedom"?
2. When have you felt the most free in your life? The least free?
3. Does it surprise you to think of Jesus as your freedom-bringer? Why or why not?