Matthew 17:1-5 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 monuments —one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground. Then Jesus came over and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” And when they looked up, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus.”
It’s the first Monday of the New Year.
Time to take’em down. Or face the consequences…
I know, it’s tough. I’m with you. I don’t know if there’s a sadder sight than seeing Christmas trees piled along the sidewalks of America.
There is one sight sadder than a Christmas tree down in January.
And that’s a Christmas tree up in March.
Some people NEVER take their tree down. And I think that’s sadder.
Because one image symbolizes the end of a season (and that sucks)
But the other symbolizes the refusal TO LEAVE a season. (and that might be worse)
You see we’re all different, and yet all alike. For some of us, Christmas, and last year in general was a tough season: you’ve gained weight, you were alone, maybe you got into some fights with the people you love, your marriage came under attack, etc.
For others, maybe Christmas was great: you got engaged, you’ve never been closer to God, you’ve never been healthier, etc.
But where we’re all alike, is that no matter whether it was good times or bad times:
THERES ALWAYS A TEMPTATION TO LIVE IN THE LAST SEASON, IN THE PAST. TO “CAMP OUT” ON THE BAD AND EVEN GOOD MEMORIES.
That’s what’s happening here in this Bible story.
Peter wanted to stay “in the presence” – Jesus was “decorated”, and the mountain was lit up like a Christmas tree. Peter said, “Let’s stay here! This is beautiful.”
He wanted to take some thing God intended to be a memory, and make it into a monument. But God said “NO”. I don’t want you to live in a memory.
It’s time to take down the decorations.
Because living in memories, good or bad, will always steal the potential of what you can do today.
The bad memories will haunt you with regret. The good memories will placate you with complacency.
When the bad ones should just be lessons. And the good ones just inspiration.
As good or bad as that mountain was, come down from there. Don’t set up camp. You weren’t made to live there.
Decide today, to take them down. Trust me.
The next season’s better.