Sunday, May 6: Don't tell anyone what you have seen
We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.
Read Matthew 17:9-13
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, "Don't tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."
The disciples asked him, "Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?"
Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands." Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.
Some of life's hardest lessons come at times when we're forced to unlearn things we formerly trusted to be true. Jesus didn't want anyone preaching about him until they truly understood who he was, how necessary the cross was for him, how his message was one of love, not condemnation. So many today still need this lesson.
Lord, today help me unlearn things. Help me truly understand who you are. Help me feel the power and the necessity of the cross. And may you work through me to spread your message of love.