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Rules, Relationship

On the last Sunday before Lent, it’s the custom of the church to hear the Gospel story of the Transfiguration, the story of Jesus taking Peter and James and John up a high mountain where they received a stunning glimpse of Jesus’ divine and eternal glory. There are many parallels in the Transfiguration story to the Old Testament story we’ll also hear this Sunday, which is Moses ascending the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments. What I find fascinating, and hope to explore more fully in my sermon this and next Sunday, is that when Moses came down the mountain, he had a set of rules for the community, a civic code, as well as a list of precise instructions for worship. When Jesus and his disciples came down the mountain, they had not a code, but a person--and not instructions on how to worship, but a person TO worship: Jesus. God’s message in Exodus was, “Love me by obeying these commandments.” God’s message in the Transfiguration was, “This is my Son, whom I love: listen to