Occasional clarifications from our Pastor on the passages we here and sometimes don't hear on Sunday morning.
The Transfiguration is an event more than it is a teaching. By it God would reassure Jesus’ disciples and us, that they had indeed followed the One who was heir to all the promises of the prophets and the covenants.
It is a minor thing surely, but Roman Catholics still celebrate Transfiguration sometime in the summer. Lutherans and most protestants have placed this festival at the termination of the Epiphany season, where it seems to fit most naturally. From this event we move into Lent which prepares us for Easter. To that end we sing at the conclusion of our liturgy Alleluia, Song of Gladness, which tells us that a quieter and more contemplative season is soon upon us.
The Importance of the Mystical Union
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them (for you).” (Matt. 5:17) Because we can’t keep the law of God perfectly, God sent us his Son, Jesus. Jesus filled God’s Law in our place. He abolished in his flesh the threat of the Law. Now, untied to Christ in baptism we yearn to fulfill the Law, to live a godly Christian life – precisely because we are so full of thanksgiving toward God and his gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus.
The Name of Jesus
Jesus is the Greek and Latin form of Joshua, a Hebrew name which means “he saves.”
IHS is our Lord’s monogram taken from the Greek version of Jesus: IHΣΟΥΣ. During the latter part of the Reformation era, the Anglicans especially preferred to replace the corpus of Jesus on the crucifix with the IHS. Crosses of this type are seen on the narthex table and our processional cross, behind the altar.
This day (feast) was once referred to by the title: “the circumcision and name of Jesus.” But modern Christians are either too squeamish, or too politically correct, it seems few of them want to know about the significance of the rite of circumcision, or the keeping of the Law. In most places it is simply referred to as “the Name of Jesus.”