Then a voice came out of the cloud and said, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen. Keep listening to him!”
— Luke 9:31 ISV
I’m pondering today this wonderful story of God’s endorsement of His Son’s work in this world. One of the things which can help bring these readings to life is to use a site (like BibleHub, in this case) which captures all the English translations in a single place.
I picked the International Standard Version here because others simply say, “Listen to him!”, or something similar. In that case, it’s signifying that Jesus will say something important.
But in this translation, we hear that Jesus has already been teaching important things, and will continue.
Both are true, of course, but this gives me something new to contemplate which I haven’t seen before.
I’m also wondering if God will take each of us through our own personal transfiguration after we die. To show us how our lives were not spent in vain, but instead had value and importance.
Because we never know the impact we have in this life. We do the best we can, but also fail constantly. I’d like to think that there is value in that struggle, not just some huge Pass/Fail test that a cruel God has devised.
I’d like to hope that our loving God will help me fix my failings, and in the end:
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
— Matthew 25:21 NIV