Crown of Life Lutheran Church & School




1292 Tally Ho Trail
Hubertus, WI  53033
262-628-2550

Come... My Lord wants me to worship Him

It is our mission to bring people into the Church of Jesus Christ by:

v  Creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is inviting to our members as well as the community we serve

v  Providing worship services which are spiritually uplifting, challenging the spiritually comfortable to re-evaluate their faith while comforting the burdened souls through the forgiving message of Christ

v  Providing all people in the community the opportunity to worship the Lord regardless of age or special needs

 

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs… Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  (Psalm 100:2,4)

Services

Regular Service Times

Sunday: 8:00 & 10:30 am
Thursdays: 7:00 pm


Holy Communion:
1st & 3rd weeks

Holy Communion may be received on the first and third Sundays -- both services, and on the Thursday before the corresponding services. Our guests who wish to partake of Holy Communion are asked to speak to the pastor before the service.

Prayer of the Week

Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your Word.  By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy and to bring forth fruits in faith and hope and love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

The Big Reveal

Luke 9: 28-36 (Transfiguration – February 7, 2016)

“The Big Reveal”

I praise in weakness from afar – How cold my warmest thought!

But when I see you as you are, I’ll praise you as I ought.     (CW 358: 6)

 

My wife and I have been back on the DYI network kick. Have you seen those shows where they spend oodles of time and bucks on a renovation and at the end take the family through? The pull back the covers, show the contrast of before and after and eyes are really opened.

The Transfiguration of Christ is a big reveal. We are reminded, no, compelled to ask, “What is really going on here?” In the garden Satan’s twist on that was this: God is holding back. God is keeping something from you. God has something to hide. When Adam and Eve became selfishly curious they met with God in a new light. They met with the holiness and glory of God from the perspective of their disobedience, from their sinful state. The nature of fallen mankind can no longer live to see everything about God. No man can see God and live (Exodus 33:20).

So God went into hiding. He cast them from the Tree of Life. He encased them in garments that would cover their shame. He also covered a realm of his nature from humanity – his glory. He was to reveal himself in a special way: his Word. He promised that the solution to their sinful mess was going to be in the flesh: the seed of the woman who would crush the serpent’s head. To some degree, for our sake, God went into hiding.

He hid behind a rainbow after the flood. He stood almost silent for Israel’s slavery. He hid in pillars of fire. He hid in a mountaintop of smoke. He hid in a secrete room with a curtain over it. He hid for four hundred years after Malachi died. He seems to hide in clouds when we face trials, disease, temptation, persecution, and pure evil. Where is God when people suffer?!?!

          After the baptizing ministry of John came the Word of God made flesh. God went into hiding. His divinity, his truth, his perfect holiness, and his almighty power - all were hidden in a feed box, inside a baby boy. In Christ all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form (Colossians 2: 9). It is true. Christ is filled with the glory and power of God almighty, God eternal, God of pure holiness. Since the children have flesh and blood he too shared in our humanity!! (Hebrews 2:14).

But when he came to his own his own did not recognize him (John 1:11). When the world sees Jesus of Nazareth, He had no beauty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him (Isaiah 53: 2). When the people of Jerusalem saw Jesus, they saw the carpenter’s son, they saw a great teacher, they saw a man crying and getting hungry, they saw a threat to their temporal way of life or their positions of authority, or their man-made teachings. When the world saw Jesus they saw someone to kill.

Water is turned into wine. Blind people start seeing. A dinner for one feeds thousands. People who never took a step in their life are dancing in the temple courts praising the name of Jesus as Lord. What is really going on here? He asks, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” The God who went into hiding generations ago – could this be him?

The Transfiguration the Big Reveal. It drives sinful Peter to insane comments about tent building. It drives that same Peter and his companions to the dust of the earth in humble fear. The hidden God chose to reveal what is really going on. The holy God who flashed briefly past Moses and covered his face with a veil; the God who swooped Elijah up into heaven in a whirlwind, the God who caused heaven and earth into being, was hiding in flesh on this mountaintop. The holy God was veiled in the flesh of Nazareth’s unwanted son.

What does he not want us to see? Why is God holding back? What is this little “Big Reveal” game on Transfiguration? It is God’s perfect love!! God knows what he warns Moses: “No one can see me and live.” God’s holiness and our sinfulness are like oil and water. And worse, our sinfulness is contagious. It is passed down and handed out and permeates this fallen world, and permeates our very souls. God knows that our sinful, dreadful state is no condition in which to come face to face with his divine glory. Our sinfulness cannot hide from the One who knows everything we have hidden from everyone else. We cannot hide our greed and lust. From him we cannot hide our ugly humanity. If faced with the fullness of his glory, we would surely perish.

God cannot change. He must hide. We cannot change. God must change us. God must make reconciliation. God chooses to hide his fullness until the day he transforms us for heaven. He hides behind Christ. He hides behind the flesh and bones of the carpenter’s son. He hides behind the flesh and bones of the seemingly defeated teacher on a cross, dripping with blood and filled with compassion. He hides behind a tomb where Christ’s lifeless body is our substitute.

God goes into hiding. He hides among his Holy Scriptures. He hides the fullness of his glory under the timeless truths of every page. That is the “where” and “what” God wants us sinful human beings to see and know. That is all that we can safely know about God on this side of heaven. Away with the questions that God chooses not to answer. Be safe and comforted knowing the stuff of God he wants you to deeply love and understand by faith is in the Bible. We have the words of the prophets made more certain as a light shining in a dark place (2 Peter 1:19). What the Bible does not answer you need not know, you cannot know.

There God hides his glory. There God reveals his love. There God changes us. God transforms sinful human beings into blood bought holy children. The world sees water splashed on a baby. God sees his Spirit change the heart. The world sees tragedy on a cross. God sees the forgiveness of sins he has won for you. The world sees foolish ritual and mysterious ceremony. The believer trusts that the body and blood of Christ are revealing God’s enduring grace. God reveals the cross as the hiding place for his wrath against us. There God takes sin seriously. There God demands that we take him seriously. There God says, “This is My Son, whom I love.” There God makes us fit for heaven in a peaceful reconciliation with him. Then in glory we shall see him face to face, and not be condemned!

 

I praise in weakness from afar – How cold my warmest thought!

But when I see you as you are, I’ll praise you as I ought. (CW 358: 6)

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.