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Bible Notes

2 Peter 1:16-18 (30.11.21)

2 Peter 1.16-18
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honour and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.

The truth of the gospel hinges absolutely on Jesus Christ. And it has passed down to us through the testimony of those who were with Jesus, who saw him, not only as a compassionate, gracious, sympathetic man, but who also saw the power of God at work in him as he healed the sick and ministered to society’s outcasts. But even more than that, his disciples were privileged to see glimpses of his heavenly glory. Peter recalls his transfiguration, and with awe and wonder says, ‘I was there!’ The gospel of Jesus Christ is based upon things that actually happened, things his followers witnessed, things which changed their lives for ever. The evidence for Christianity is overwhelming, firstly in the story of Jesus, the truth of which defies the sceptics best efforts, and then in the evidence of lives transformed, starting with the apostles, and continuing down through the centuries. Many years ago I decided to follow Jesus because I could see he was real in the lives of the Christians who in God’s grace surrounded me through my childhood.

What first drew you to Jesus? Give thanks for this, and pray that you may play a part in drawing others to Christ in response.

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