Fellowship of Fear

Dear Mountain Climbers,

On the mount of Transfiguration the disciples fall to their knees, overcome by the majesty and the mystery of Jesus. In a dazzling moment they see that Jesus is more than a great moral teacher, more than a miraculous healer of human ills; Jesus is none other than who the baptismal voice proclaimed him to be—none other than the Son of God.

In today’s church, are we seeking a moment in the mystery of Jesus? Has carpet color, pastors dress, the coffee, pastry vs. fruit, pews vs. chairs, music, donuts, stained glass, size of children’s ministry, or other lesser factors then Jesus ever caused you to turn around at basecamp vs. climb the mountain to hear the Holy One?

Let us come for nothing less than to be part of that fellowship that dares to be in conversation with and submission to the living God. Encounters with the true God rarely leave us unscathed. Therefore a typical reaction to particular moments of revelation in the Bible is fear. When God is encountered as the One who is beyond us, not a product of our imagination, a commanding Lord , then we feel fear. The church, seen from this perspective, is the fellowship of fear. Let us climb the mountain together to encounter the sacred voice that moves us from fear to faith.

“This is my Son the Beloved; with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”  (Matthew 17:5)

See the sacred text of Matthew 17:1-9 for the context of this devotion.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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