That First Time, Once Again (2 Peter 1:16-18)

It was 11 PM and I was channel surfing my television. Johnny Carson? “Gilligan’s Island” reruns? Nah. As the channels flew by, a grainy black and white movie caught my eye. Girls were wildly screaming and chasing after four young men. And then, I heard it! It was a sound unlike anything I had heard up to that point in my young life of 11 years, but I knew it was something special! Who are they? It was the movie, “A Hard Day’s Night”, the first movie the Beatles made, which was released in 1964. It was now 1973 and I was viewing a rerun of the movie.

 

I was mesmerized by the sound of the Fab Four, so unlike anything I had ever heard before and frankly, ever since. It was so profound that my love for the Beatles has never diminished, and in fact, has grown stronger, even after nearly 50 years. Whenever I listen to their music, I am an 11-year-old boy once again, excited, rejuvenated, and inspired. I am sure earlier generations feel the same away about the first time they heard Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley. Each time I hear the Beatles, it is that first time once again!

 

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.

2 Peter 1:16-18 (ESV)

 

When the Apostle Peter wrote his letter, he looked back with great fondness as he reminisced about the day he, James, and John were invited by Jesus to witness His Transfiguration on the holy mountain. At that moment, Peter witnessed the glory of God as His teacher was transformed before him. For the first time in his life, He caught a glimpse of the unimaginable glory of His Lord. I wonder if every time he witnessed an example of the glory of God, he thought back to that life-changing moment when he first saw Jesus in His Glory? I wonder if he smiled whenever he heard a story of a new believer awestruck by the power of God, recalling his own experience? I think he loved to relive that moment, as many times he could. 

 

That first time, what a beautiful memory when God creates it!

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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