too-marvelousToday’s reading is from Genesis 23 and 24 and tells how marvelously God helped Abraham’s servant to find a wife for Isaac. In answer to prayer, God orchestrated everything together for good for the one who loved Abraham and loved the Lord and was called upon to fulfill the purpose of gaining a wife for Isaac.

But, then I see how God orchestrated everything together for you and for me through Jesus Christ and it is almost too marvelous for words. His glory revealed upon the Mount of Transfiguration, in prayer Jesus was metamorphosed and shone with the radiance of his divine nature. Yet, in his glory what is he discussing with Moses and Elijah?

Luke 9: 31 tells us they were talking about his exodus he was about to accomplish in Jerusalem. But, Jesus’ exodus does not provide a means for his escape from death, but ours. His exodus would not mean he would be caught up like Enoch or Elijah, but would mean we could be.

When I think of Jesus’ exodus it was through a sea of suffering that brought deliverance for you and me. He didn’t walk through what was ahead unscathed like Moses had when he crossed the sea but “surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53: 4 – 5)

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered’. (Psalm 44: 22) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 31 – 39)